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2018 Translink UIB Results

The results of the 2018 Translink Ulster in Bloom Competition were announced today (September 20) officially recognising Northern Ireland’s top gardening talent.

A special results ceremony took place in the stunning surroundings of Ballyscullion Park – Magherafelt, with the 40th anniversary year of the competition attracting 121 entries representing all local council areas as well as 31 bus and train stations.

The annual horticultural competition encourages cities, towns and villages right across Northern Ireland to look their best, boosting civic pride through beautiful plant and floral displays.

The 2018 Translink Ulster in Bloom Competition category winners are: 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 are:  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).

Northern Ireland has also now secured 5 entries going forward to the National RHS Britain in Bloom Competition 2018* with the Awards taking place in Belfast this October.

This is the 20th year of Translink’s sponsorship of the competition. Speaking at the results announcement ceremony, Translink Chairman Frank Hewitt, said:

“This milestone year of Translink Ulster in Bloom has produced many exquisite entries and I’d like to congratulate all the 2018 winners and runners-up! It’s been another highly competitive competition and we continue to see a trend for new locations hitting the top spots.

“Our thanks to all the local councils, businesses, community groups and Translink employees who work hard to make Northern Ireland a more attractive place to live, work and visit.

“It’s also fitting that the Translink Ulster in Bloom results are announced during Good Relations Week with the competition focussed on connecting people, team-work and building better communities.

“Like Ulster in Bloom, Trainslink remains committed to building a more sustainable society and we’ve been busy transforming public transport to support the growth and prosperity of villages, towns and cities across Northern Ireland.

“Last year, we delivered 81million passenger journeys – the highest number in the past 20 years – and we continue to work collaboratively with local councils, businesses and community groups to deliver further growth and make public transport your first choice for travel in Northern Ireland.” said Frank.

The Translink Ulster in Bloom Competition is co-ordinated by the Northern Ireland local Government Association (NILGA). Alderman Freda Donnelly, Vice President, Northern Ireland Local Government Association, said:

“As Vice President of NILGA, it is my pleasure to convey the Association’s admiration and encouragement to each of you today.  Not just for your support in this the 40th year, but for your many years of championing the “In Bloom” message of councils, local committees, residents and businesses, coming together to take pride in the places where you live and work, creating a better environment for everyone to share. 

“These things are now more important than ever. While NILGA wants a restored and effective Stormont as soon as possible, almost two years on and local government is the only functioning level of government in NI.  Despite the backlog in terms of legislation, policies and resources, NILGA is determined that local councils are resourced and have the freedom to continue to deliver vital services and investment in the very communities that Ulster in Bloom takes place in across NI.

“As NILGA, councils and councillors, the competition helps us to focus on improving the quality of life for citizen’s right across the region, congratulations to everyone involved for your ongoing support and enthusiasm.” said Alderman Donnelly.

For more information click www.translink.co.uk/ulsterinbloom/ or follow @NI_LGA @Translink_NI #ulsterinbloom.

ENDS

THE RESULTS OF THE 2018 TRANSLINK ‘ULSTER IN BLOOM’ COMPETITION ARE AS FOLLOWS:

Translink Ulster in Bloom        

Winner

2nd Place

3rd Place

City

Derry City

(Derry City and Strabane District Council)

Belfast City

(Belfast City Council)

 

Large Town

Lisburn

(Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council)

Ballymena

(Mid & East Antrim Borough Council)

Carrickfergus

(Mid and East Antrim Borough Council)

Omagh

(Fermanagh and Omagh District Council)

Town

Antrim

(Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council)

Larne

(Mid & East Antrim Borough Council)

Coleraine

(Causeway Coast & Glens Borough Council)

Small Town

Randalstown

(Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council)

Ahoghill

(Mid and East Antrim Borough Council)

Whitehead

(Mid & East Antrim Borough Council)

Large Village

Cullybackey

(Mid & East Antrim Borough Council)

Groomsport

(Ards and North Down Borough Council)

Hillsborough

(Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council)

Saintfield

(Newry, Mourne and Down District Council)

Village

Donaghmore

(Mid Ulster District Council)

Castlecaulfield

(Mid Ulster District Council)

Glenarm

(Mid & East Antrim Borough Council)

Small Village

Charlestown Village

(Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council)

Scarva

(Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council)

Ballynure

(Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council)

Gortin

(Fermanagh and Omagh District Council)

Stations

 

 

 

Floral Stations

Lisburn Train Station

(Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council)

Bangor Bus & Train Centre

(Ards and North Down Borough Council)

Armagh Buscentre

(Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council)

Foyle Street Bus Station, Londonderry

(Derry City and Strabane District Council)

Community

Rail Halts

Whitehead

(Mid & East Antrim Borough Council)

Castlerock Rail Halt

(Causeway Coast & Glens Borough Council)

 

 

 

Ulsterbus Tours Community Champion Award

James Perry Ahoghill Traders’ Association

(Mid & East Antrim BC)

 

 

 

 

Most Improved (2)

Ballymoney

(Causeway Coast & Glens Borough Council)

and

Dungiven

(Causeway Coast & Glens Borough Council)

'Roses In Towns' Trophy

Lisburn

(Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council)

Special Awards including

Biodiversity Awards

1. Cullybackey

(Mid & East Antrim Borough Council) - Biodiversity Award

2. Antrim

(Antrim & Newtownabbey Borough Council) - Biodiversity Award

3. Maghera

Walsh’s Hotel - Floral Presentation  (Mid Ulster District Council)

4. Castlecaulfield

Floral Presentation, Suffragette Display (Mid Ulster District Council)

5. O’Kanes

Randalstown - Floral Presentation (Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council)

6. Errigle

Ormeau Road - Floral Presentation (Belfast City Council)

 

 

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