Translink Ulster in Bloom

Translink Ulster in Bloom is an annual horticultural competition which encourages cities, towns and villages right across Northern Ireland to look their best, boosting civic pride through plant and floral displays.

2018 is the 40th Anniversary of the Ulster in Bloom competition.  This year we have all 11 local councils involved, entering a total 121 areas across the main competition categories. 

The competition was started 40 years ago when it attracted 12 entries; now as it heads towards its 40th anniversary it regularly attracts over 150 entries each year across the local councils and Translink stations.

Sponsored by Translink and co-ordinated by the Northern Ireland Local Government Association (NILGA), the competition celebrates and rewards the skill, passion and dedication shown by local gardeners who make Northern Ireland a more attractive place to live in and visit.

Places are judged and marks allocated in respect of the quality and extent of landscaping, planting, maintenance, innovation, features and absence of litter, environmental responsibility and community engagement.

The competition encourages a more active lifestyle, protects the environment and creates more attractive places to live, visit and invest in - supporting the NI Executive’s and Councils’ corporate priorities.

Ulster in Bloom is accepted as a regional heat of the National RHS Britain in Bloom competition. Besides selecting the best city, large town, town and small town, large and small villages etc., the judges, who are professional horticulturists, also make special awards and choose those places likely to best represent the region in the national competition.

The competition is constantly evolving; in 2014 with the support of Ulsterbus Tours, we introduced a new Community Champion Award. The award is aimed at recognising the efforts of the many ‘community champions’ who have made a longstanding contribution to Translink Ulster in Bloom and go that extra mile to make their area look fantastic.

For further information please contact Mark Maher at the NILGA office -

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