The Translink Ulster in Bloom 2018 Awards presentation has taken place at Ballygally Castle, rounding-off the 40th anniversary year of the popular competition that celebrates the most beautiful plant and floral displays across local cities, towns and villages.
The 2018 Translink Ulster in Bloom Competition category winners were: City – Derry City (Derry City & Strabane DC), Large Town – Lisburn (Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council), Town – Antrim (Antrim & Newtownabbey Borough Council), Small Town – Randalstown (Antrim and Newtownabbey BC), Large Village – Cullybackey (Mid & East Antrim BC), Village – Donaghmore (Mid Ulster District Council) and Small Village – Charlestown Village (Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon BC).
The ‘Most Improved’ titles went to Ballymoney and Dungiven (both Causeway Coast & Glens BC) and the ‘Roses in Towns’ award winner is Lisburn (Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council).
Special Award winners were: Cullybackey (Mid & East Antrim BC) – Biodiversity Award, Antrim (Antrim & Newtownabbey BC) – Biodiversity Award, Walsh’s Hotel in Maghera (Mid Ulster District Council – Outstanding Floral Presentation, the Suffragette Floral Display in Castlecaulfield (Mid Ulster District Council) – Outstanding Floral Presentation, O’Kanes bar in Randalstown (Antrim & Newtownabbey BC) – Outstanding Floral Presentation and The Errigle Inn in Belfast (Belfast City Council) – Outstanding Floral Presentation.
James Perry from Ahoghill Traders’ Association (Mid & East Antrim BC) 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 Floral Station title was won by Lisburn Train Station (Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council) and the Community Rail Halt Award went to Whitehead Railway Station (Mid & East Antrim BC).
n If you’re interested in getting involved in the Translink Ulster in Bloom 2019 Competition contact NILGA on (0)28 9079 8972.