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East Belfast Greenway celebrated in new book

Publication focuses on park's flora and fauna

Four of the photographers who contributed to the book — Paul Hunter, Dave Caughey, Colin McAlister and Karen Oliver
Four of the photographers who contributed to the book — Paul Hunter, Dave Caughey, Colin McAlister and Karen Oliver
Mark Bain

By Mark Bain

Take a trip along east Belfast's Connswater Community Greenway and you will see a whole range of beautiful flowers and plants, but do you know what they are?

A new book - What's Growing On The Greenway - aims to provide the answers.

Launched by EastSide Partnership and landscape architecture firm the Paul Hogarth Company, the book is a celebration of the nine-kilometre linear park created as the result of a £40m regeneration project that was completed in 2017.

The content of the book is the result of an online blog of the same name and inspired by the popular New York High Line's Plant of the Week blog.

The former blog featured a new plant each week and encouraged local people to get outdoors, find the plant and connect with the landscape along the Greenway.

Local people produced photos capturing their favourite species supported by interesting facts and trivia about the plants and where they could be found.

Thanks to the multi-million investment, the Greenway links Connswater, Knock and Loop Rivers in the east of the city.

An £11m flood alleviation scheme incorporated into the project has also aimed to help reduce the risks to 1,700 properties.

The project was developed by EastSide Partnership and delivered in partnership with Belfast City Council with investment from The National Lottery Community Fund and the Stormont Executive.

Michele Bryans, Connswater Community Greenway Trust manager, said she hopes the publication will provide a fascinating educational tool.

"We are delighted to publish our first book in partnership with the Paul Hogarth Company, capturing some of the wonderful landscape which has helped to brighten and regenerate the local east Belfast area," she said.

"We hope the book will appeal to local people and visitors and will be a fantastic education resource for children and families.

"In particular we wish to acknowledge Cameron Landscapes and the local people who have helped us plant the Greenway and hope they continue to take ownership of the project for many years to come."

Anthony McGuigan, director of the Paul Hogarth Company, explained the new book is a wonderful celebration of a much-loved area.

"I hope that readers enjoy discovering the new and revitalised locations and discussing the plants that help make them special as much as my colleague Darren and I did," he said.

What's Growing On The Greenway, £7.99, is available to purchase from the EastSide Visitor Centre, Newtownards Road in east Belfast

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