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Borough Reaps Success at Ulster in Bloom Awards

19 September 2016

Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council were delighted to receive recognition in several categories in this year’s Translink Ulster in Bloom competition.

This annual horticultural competition, now in its 38th year, encourages cities, towns and villages right across Northern Ireland to look their best, boosting civic pride through beautiful plant and floral displays.

Antrim Town was awarded second place in the large town category with Randalstown also securing second place in the small town category. In the village section, Ballynure received a well-deserved third place with nearby Ballyeaston claiming third place in the small village category.

Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor John Scott, who attended the official announcement ceremony in Portrush commented; “With over 150 entries, I am delighted that four of our towns and villages throughout the Borough have been recognised. These awards are testament to the hard work of our staff and local community, who put so much into enhancing and preserving our outdoor spaces.” 

Speaking at the results announcement ceremony, Translink Chairman, Frank Hewitt said; “Congratulations to all the 2016 Translink Ulster in Bloom winners. You make Northern Ireland an attractive place to live and visit and I would like to thank all of you for your time and effort all year round. We look forward to continuing to work closely with local councils, businesses and community groups to make a lasting positive difference to local areas and ultimately boost societal wellbeing.”

Alderman Freda Donnelly, Vice President of the Northern Ireland Local Government Association (NILGA) who co-ordinate the competition said; “Translink Ulster in Bloom celebrates the successes that can be achieved when we come together to take pride in the places we live and work, and together, create a better environment for everyone to enjoy. With the ongoing partnership support of the 11 councils and our sponsors Translink, NILGA is totally committed to building on the culture of the competition and growing it into the future through the council’s community planning powers.”

The Ulster in Bloom judging panel comprises professional horticulturists, lecturers, florists, members of Conservation Volunteers and judges from the NI Group of Flower Arranging Societies. The presentations will take place in March 2017.

For more information on the Ulster in Bloom Awards log onto www.translink.co.uk/ulsterinbloom