Translink Ulster in Bloom winners

Ulster in Bloom SM Farm
The results of the 2019 Translink Ulster in Bloom Competition have been announced celebrating horticultural excellence in cities, towns and villages right across Northern Ireland. The 41ST year of the competition, which aims to boost civic pride by officially recognising beautiful plant and floral displays, attracted 142 location entries from local councils, community groups and businesses. Patsy Smyth, Gardener, Maureen Morrow, Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Kathleen McBride, Bid Manager for Ballymena and William Dickson, Gardener are pictured in Ballymena, winner of the Translink Ulster in Bloom ‘Large Town / Small City’ Award.

Londonderry has been declared the 2019 Translink Ulster in Bloom award winner in the City/Large Town category, with Ballymena taking the title as Small City/Large Town.

Antrim won the Town award, Randalstown was announced as the Small Town winner and Cullybackey the best Large Village.

Donaghmore took the award in the Village category, with Ballynure the Small Village winner.

The winners, selected from 142 entries representing all 11 council areas, were announced at a ceremony held at Mossley Mill, Newtownabbey.

‘Most Improved’ titles went to Maghaberry and Stewartstown, while Quinn’s Bar, Newcastle, Ballycastle Garden Centre and the Duke of York, Belfast, all received Special Awards for Outstanding Floral Presentation.

Saintfield also scooped a Special Award for its impressive Judge’s Pack showcasing all its Ulster in Bloom efforts. Castlecaulfield and Donaghmore each received a Special Youth Award for efforts to engage more young people in horticultural initiatives.

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

The Best Floral Station title was won by Whitehead Train Station.

The National RHS Britain in Bloom 2019 entries are Antrim, Castlecaulfield, Cullybackey, Londonderry, Donaghmore and Randalstown, with the results event taking place in London this Autumn.

This is the 21st year of Translink’s sponsorship of the competition. Speaking at the results ceremony, Translink board member Dr Mark Sweeney OBE said: “Congratulations to all our 2019 Translink Ulster in Bloom winners and runners-up! You have created the most stunning plant and floral displays, showcasing your areas and making Northern Ireland a more attractive place to live, visit and work.

“Our thanks to all the local councils, businesses, community groups and Translink employees who have worked so hard to improve their local area and make such a positive lasting impression on both local people and visitors.”

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

NILGA president Frances Burton said: “As NILGA, councils and councillors, the competition helps us to focus on improving the quality of life for citizen’s right across the region, while also enhancing our cities, towns and villages.

“With the ongoing partnership support of all the councils and our sponsors Translink, the association aims to build on the culture and future of the competition.”

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