Flax is a field crop not grown all that much locally although we understand that the need for cloth – linen is made from flax – meant much more was grown during World War II.
In more recent years flax made something of a comeback and its gentle blue flowers, for many of us, compared very favourably with the garish yellow of the oil seed rape.
Here we see a field of flax in the year 2000.
This field, behind the former petrol station where Shires Close now stands, had once been the village ‘rec’ or recreation ground
It’s a pretty looking crop so it’s rather a shame it isn’t grown more.