SUNFLOWER FIELDS IN NORTHERN IRELAND!

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SUNFLOWERS!

Social media in Northern Ireland has been b(l)ooming recently with images of sunflowers!

Ever since Van Gogh famously painted a bunch of them over a century ago, sunflowers and happiness have gone hand in hand. Whether you spot them in your local florist or your neighbour’s back garden – the flowering giants are an eye-catcher.

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Top Image: Paul Morrison

 

Did you know?
Sunflowers are native to North America, have been traced as far back as 3000 B.C. and can grow up to 3 metres tall!

WHAT, HOW, WHERE?

The sunflower phenomenon in Northern Ireland first gained media attention in 2017. In West Tyrone, local man Allan Rainey had been planting sunflower fields each spring for five years – first as an environmental project and then to help raise awareness and donations for a cancer charity.

ARDSTRAW SUNFLOWER FIELD - NEWTOWNSTEWART, CO. TYRONE

Last year’s flourishing field on the Ardstraw Road, near Omagh, returned with a bang this year – the brilliant weather from May playing a vital part.

 

And soon enough, Instagram was filled with golden yellows and green – all while raising over £20,000 for charity.

Images: (Instagram): @tomleseeleeur@fionaanderson

PORTGLENONE SUNFLOWER FIELD, CO. ANTRIM

And if west Tyrone is a little out of your way, on the Gortgole Road just outside Portglenone, another field has people flocking for pics with it’s 175,000 flowers.

 

The McAllister family’s field is also for a good cause, helping raise funds for Portglenone’s St Mary’s Parish.

SHARING THE LOVE

If you’re at either of the fields this year, tag us in your pics on Instagram and Twitter. On Facebook, you can message us or mention us in your pics. We love to see and share your adventures!

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A few Instagram highlights from #PortglenoneSunflowerField >