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Randalstown and Ballynure celebrate wins at the 2017 Translink Ulster in Bloom Competition

25 September 2017

The results of the 2017 Translink Ulster in Bloom Competition have been announced officially recognising Northern Ireland’s top gardening talent. 

The annual horticultural competition encourages cities, towns and villages right across Northern Ireland to look their best, boosting civic pride through beautiful plant and floral displays. Now in its 39th year, all 11 local councils participated in the 2017 competition which attracted 160 entries.

The 2017 Translink Ulster in Bloom Competition category winners are: City – Derry City (Derry City & Strabane DC), Large Town – Ballymena (Mid & East Antrim BC), Town – Coleraine (Causeway Coast and Glens BC), Small Town – Randalstown (Antrim and Newtownabbey BC), Large Village – Hillsborough (Lisburn & Castlereagh CC), Village – Castlecaulfield (Mid Ulster DC) and Small Village – Charlestown Village (Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon BC).

The ‘Most Improved’ title went to Gortin (Fermanagh and Omagh DC) and the ‘Roses in Towns’ award winner is Ballymena (Mid & East Antrim BC). Special Award winners are:  Carrickfergus (Mid & East Antrim BC) and Castlecaulfield (Mid Ulster DC) in recognition of efforts to support biodiversity along with Belleek Pottery – Fermanagh, O’Kane’s Bar – Randalstown, The Dirty Onion Bar & Restaurant – Belfast and Cove Bay Housing Development – Groomsport for their outstanding plant/floral presentations.

Bob McClure from Castlecaulfield Horticultural Society is the winner of the Ulsterbus Tours Community Champion Award in recognition of the lasting and positive difference he has made to his local area by embracing the ‘Ulster in Bloom’ ethos.

The Best Station title was won by Great Victoria Street Railway Station and the Community Rail Halt Award went to Whitehead Railway Station.

Northern Ireland has also now secured 8 entries going forward to the National RHS Britain in Bloom Competition 2017*.

Speaking at the results announcement ceremony, Translink Chairman, Frank Hewitt, said:

“Congratulations to all the 2017 Translink Ulster in Bloom winners and runners-up! It’s been a highly competitive year with such an impressive standard of entries and we’ve seen a number of new locations reach the top spots.

“We’d like to thank all the local councils, businesses and community groups who invest their time, effort and expertise throughout the year to make their area a more attractive place to live and visit.

“We’re also pleased to announce these results during European Mobility Week which encourages more people to choose sustainable travel. The event’s theme this year is 'Sharing gets you further' which also reflects the ethos of Ulster in Bloom which is very much about teamwork to achieve such outstanding results.

“At Translink, we continue to work hard to transform public transport to support the growth and prosperity of villages, towns and cities across Northern Ireland. We’re delighted to bring the Results Announcement to Derry~Londonderry – the winner of the Translink Ulster in Bloom City Award – where we have recently launched our new Foyle Metro bus service featuring an attractive new fleet and improved timetable. 

“We remain committed to working closely with our stakeholders in government, business and the community to deliver infrastructure development, product innovation and sustained vehicle investment to benefit our customers right across Northern Ireland,” said Frank.

The Translink Ulster in Bloom Competition is co-ordinated by the Northern Ireland local Government Association (NILGA).

Alderman Freda Donnelly, Vice President, Northern Ireland Local Government Association, said:

“As Vice President of NILGA, it is my pleasure to convey the Association’s admiration, encouragement and congratulations to everyone who has participated and contributed to the 2017 Translink Ulster in Bloom Competition. 

The competition celebrates the successes that can be achieved when councils, “Bloom” committees, residents and businesses, come together to take pride in the places where they live and work, creating a better environment for everyone to live in and share. 

With the ongoing partnership support of the councils and our sponsors Translink, NILGA is committed to building on the culture of the competition and growing it into the future, harnessing the opportunities provided through council community planning powers.  People in local places can really influence local decisions, which is great for democracy and great for Northern Ireland,” said Alderman Donnelly.

For more information click www.translink.co.uk/ulsterinbloom/ or follow @Translink_NI #ulsterinbloom.

Celebrating success at the Translink Ulster in Bloom 2017 Awards where the announcement was made that Randalstown won the Small Town Award, pictured L-R Helen Fulton, Tidy Randalstown, Mary O’Kane, O’Kane’s Bar – Randalstown, Helen Boyd, Tidy Randalstown, Frank Hewitt, Chairman, Translink, Cllr Vera McWilliams, Deputy Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council, Alderman Freda Donnelly, Vice President, NI Local Government Association, Jane Taggart, Tidy Randalstown, Marie Devlin, O’Kane’s Bar – Randalstown, Ivor McMullan, Head of Parks, Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council, John O’Kane, O’Kane’s Bar – Randalstown and Robert Fullerton, Tidy Randalstown. 

Celebrating success at the Translink Ulster in Bloom 2017 Awards where the announcement was made that O’Kanes Bar, Randalstown won a special award, pictured are L-R Marie Devlin and  Mary O’Kane from O’Kanes Bar – Randalstown, Cllr Vera McWilliams, Deputy Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council, Frank Hewitt, Chairman, Translink, John O’Kane from O’Kanes Bar – Randalstown and Alderman Freda Donnelly, Vice President, NI Local Government Association.

Celebrating success at the Translink Ulster in Bloom 2017 Awards where the announcement was made that Ballynure came third in the Small Village Category, pictured L-R Lindsay Houston, Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council, Richard and Isobel Wallace, Ballynure in Bloom, Frank Hewitt, Translink Chairman, Cllr Vera McWilliams, Deputy Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council Alderman Freda Donnelly, Vice President, NI local Government Association and Ivor McMullan, Head of Parks, Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council.

Ulster in Bloom 2017- Small Town- Randalstown