As part of Our Landscape Partnership Scheme the Belfast Hills Partnership has been enabling local school children to get creative and to produce an award winning mosaic at the Half Moon Lake site in West Belfast.

The Half Moon Lake, known locally as the ‘halfie’, is a hidden jewel just off the Suffolk road. Few people know of the secluded crescent-shaped waterway’s existence, but it is a key part of the rich industrial heritage Belfast and today provides a home to a wide variety of wildlife.

P5 pupils from St Oliver Plunkett’s Primary worked with artist Eleanor Wheeler to explore the wildlife and heritage of their local area. The kids drew pictures of what the site meant to them and the final mosaic depicts a map of the site with the children’s drawings of leaves and fish etched into the final piece.

The quality of the art piece was recently acknowledged as it was awarded first prize in the arts category of the West Belfast Partnership Community Environment awards.