Gardens blooming in north Down

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The winners and runners-up in Ards and North Down Borough Council’s inaugural ‘In Bloom’ Community Competition have been revealed.

There was plenty of hot competition from the borough’s green-fingered gardeners as they vied for not only the prestigious Best Kept Front Garden award but also the Gardening for Wildlife award, Best Community Planting Scheme and Best Kept Commercial Premises.

A host of entries that showcased some beautiful gardens and planting schemes in Ards and north Down gave the judges some difficult decisions to make but after much deliberation Comber’s Stephen Thompson emerged as the winner of the Best Kept Front Garden!

Also from Comber, Carla Campbell won the Gardening for Wildlife Award while ‘Portaferry in Bloom’ won the Best Community Planting Scheme.

Finally, The Old Post Office in Lisbane secured a well-deserved win in the category of Best Kept Commercial Premises.

Congratulating the winners, the Mayor of Ards and North Down Trevor Cummings said: “Our ‘In Bloom’ competition encourages everyone in the borough to think about their local environment and how flowers, plants and gardens can enhance it for people and protect our wildlife.

“This is a great opportunity to showcase the variety of gardening talent we have and I’ve been really impressed with the quality of entrants.

“Congratulations must go to the winners as well as everyone who took part.”

The Ards and North Down in Bloom community competition also features a Volunteer of the Year category as well as sections for those aged 16 and under.

They include the Young Volunteer of the Year, the Tallest Sunflower Competition and the Painting Competition.

The winners of these categories will be announced in due course.

The ‘Best Kept Front Garden’ was won by Stephen Thompson in Comber. :

Entries for the Painting Competition are open until September 30.

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