Ahoghill now on the international stage!


Ahoghill people have been urged to do their blooming bit to help the village look its very blossoming best for a team of Canadian Judges.

The local village has been entered for the ‘Communities in Bloom’ competition under the ‘international challenge (medium)’ category.

Judges, Ted Zarudny from Orangeville, Ontario and Lorna McIlroy from Grande Prairie, Alberta will be evaluating Ahoghill’s floral offerings this weekend (August 1 and 2).

And to boost their chances in the highly prestigious competition, business people and residents have been asked to tidy up their property before the judges arrive.

Communities in Bloom is a Canadian non-profit organization committed to fostering civic pride, environmental responsibility, beautification and to improving quality of life through community participation and a national challenge.

Ahoghill is through to the final stage in the International Challenge Medium category along with Estes Park (Colorado), Jasper (Alberta, Canada), Stettler (Alberta) and Trail (BC, Canada).

Residents will be hoping to add this international title to the already long list of awards that the village has collected over the years.

The National and International results will be announced in Kamloops, British Columbia at awards ceremonies from September 30 to October 3, 2015.

The National Symposium on Parks and Grounds, the organisation behind the competition offers conference sessions, workshops, and technical visits with the theme of community redefined.To support the educational aspect of its activities, the organization established the Communities in Bloom Foundation, a registered charity dedicated to funding, developing, and disseminating education and awareness on the value, improvement, importance and sustainable development of green spaces and natural environment in Canada.

The Ahoghill in Bloom group will be celebrating this week as Lord Lieutenant Joan Christie will present Queen’s Award for Voluntary Services.

The ceremony is being held in Ahoghill Community Centre on Thursday evening.