RESULTS OF TRANSLINK ULSTER IN BLOOM 2013 COMPETITION

Published 10 September 2013 @ 15:49

The results of the 2013 Translink Ulster in Bloom Competition were announced today (Tuesday 10th September) celebrating Northern Ireland’s finest horticultural talent.

Category winners in the 35th Translink Ulster in Bloom competition include: Derry City (City), Carrickfergus (Large Town), Banbridge (Town), Ahoghill (Small Town), Broughshane (Large Village), Glenarm (Village) and Scarva (Small Village).
 
The ‘Most Improved’ title went to Saintfield while Lisburn scooped the ‘Roses in Towns’ award.
 
Special awards for outstanding presentation were presented to Grove Community Park in North Belfast and Carrickfergus Borough Council in recognition of their efforts to support Biodiversity, Johnston Upholstery in Ballinamallard (Co Fermanagh) and Conway’s Bar in Newtownstewart (Co Tyrone) also received Special Awards for Outstanding Presentation.
 
In the ‘Floral Station’ categories, Ballymoney Train Station won the ‘Best Station Award’ and ‘Brighter Whitehead Community’ received the Community Rail Halt Award for their work at Whitehead Train Station.
 
Speaking at the results ceremony in The Mill, Downpatrick, John Trethowan, Chairman, Translink, said: 2013 continues to place Northern Ireland under the international spotlight with many high-profile events attracting thousands of visitors to cities, towns and villages. Beautiful plant and floral presentations play an important role in creating a lasting, positive and welcoming image of Northern Ireland, encouraging people to make return visits with friends and family.
 
“It is great to see new locations from right across Northern Ireland making it into the top three placings. We are also pleased that continued effort is being made to support Biodiversity which reflects our own approach to sustainable business; supporting the environment in which we operate.
 
“We would like to thank and congratulate all our 2013 Translink Ulster in Bloom participants for their hard work and dedication. We would also encourage more people to get out and about by bus or train to explore some of these beautiful places,” said John.
 
Alderman Arnold Hatch, Vice President, Northern Ireland Local Government Association, said: “It is my pleasure and privilege to represent the Northern Ireland Local Government Association here today and to convey our gracious thanks and congratulations to the very many people, Councils, local ‘In – Bloom’ committees and sponsors, who have participated in, and contributed to, the 2013 Ulster in Bloom Competition.
 
 
“As a Councillor, I truly recognise the improvement in my constituency area of Craigavon, I am very conscious of the savings and community pride which can be achieved for rate-payers through involvement in the Competition.  The feeling of ownership by residents is very helpful in combating vandalism and the nuisance of anti - social behaviour, while also providing education through good example.  My congratulations to all the finalists and a big thank you to the sponsors, the judges, the Councils and all those who make the Translink Ulster in Bloom competition what it is today.” said Alderman Hatch.
 
This year’s competition attracted 107 entries representing local councils, businesses and community groups as well as 38 bus and rail stations. The Translink Ulster in Bloom Competition is co-ordinated by the Northern Ireland Local Government Association.
 
ENDS
 
THE RESULTS OF THE 2013 TRANSLINK 'ULSTER IN BLOOM' COMPETITION ARE AS FOLLOWS:
 

CATEGORY
 
placings
 
 
 
1ST
2ND
3RD
City
Derry City
Belfast City
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Large Town
Carrickfergus
Bangor
Omagh
Town
Banbridge
Larne
Holywood
Small Town
Ahoghill
Whitehead
Ballymoney and Carryduff
Large Village
Broughshane
Hillsborough
Castlewellan and Saintfield
Village
Glenarm
Castlecaulfield
Donaghmore and Toomebridge
Small Village
Scarva
 Charlestown Village
Seapatrick
Most Improved
Saintfield
 
 
'Roses In Towns' Trophy
Awarded to Lisburn
Presented by Belfast City Council to the city, town or village, (other than Belfast), who uses roses to the best advantage in public areas.
Special Awards
 
Awarded to the following for outstanding presentation:
1-     Grove Community Park (Biodiversity) - Belfast City Council 
2-     Carrickfergus Borough Council – (Biodiversity)
3-     Johnston Upholstery, Ballinamallard
4-     Conway’s Bar, Newtownstewart

            
FLORAL STATION CATEGORYAS FOLLOWS:-

 
 
placings
 
 
 
1ST
2ND
3RD
Best Station Award
Ballymoney Railway Station
Carrickfergus Railway Station and Larne Bus Station
Lisburn Railway Station 
Community Rail Halt Award
 
Whitehead Railway Station
Sydenham Rail Halt 
Castlerock Rail Halt