The Ballymena area scored a ‘triple whammy’ in this year’s Translink Ulster in Bloom Awards - with a very special celebration bound to take place in Cullybackey!
This was the 38th year of the annual horticultural competition which celebrates Northern Ireland’s top gardening talent and their beautiful plant and floral displays.
The 2016 Award winners were: City – Derry City; Large Town – Ballymena; Town – Coleraine; Small Town – Ahoghill; Large Village – Cullybackey; Village – Castlecaulfield and Small Village – Charlestown.
The ‘Most Improved’ title went to Cullybackey and the ‘Roses in Towns’ award winner was Lisburn.
Special Award winners included: Fermanagh and Omagh District Council and Mary Peter’s Track (Belfast City Council) in recognition of efforts to support biodiversity along with Newtownards Memorial Garden, Derry City’s Garden of Reflection and the Old George Bar & Restaurant in Rathfriland for their outstanding plant/floral presentations.
Speaking at the Awards, Translink Chairman Frank Hewitt said: “Congratulations to all the Translink Ulster in Bloom champions! As we approach the 40th anniversary year, it’s wonderful to see the competition’s continued appeal with 156 entries covering all 11 council areas.
“Like Translink, Ulster in Bloom connects people in local communities right across Northern Ireland and aims to make local villages, towns and cities more attractive places to live and visit, boosting civic pride. Both are committed to supporting a more sustainable and prosperous society that respects the local environment.
“We look forward to welcoming all our champions back to defend their titles when we launch the 2017 competition during Bus + Train Week, 5 – 11 June,” said Frank.
The Translink Ulster in Bloom Competition is organised by the Northern Ireland local Government Association (NILGA). Alderman Freda Donnelly, Vice President, Northern Ireland Local Government Association, said:
If you’re interested in getting involved in the Translink Ulster in Bloom 2017 Competition contact NILGA on (0)28 9079 8972.