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40th Translink Ulster in Bloom Awards

Winner celebrations at 40th Translink Ulster in Bloom Awards - Ballygally Awards finale concludes anniversary year

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 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).

Speaking at the Awards, Translink Chairman Frank Hewitt said:
“It’s been a fantastic 40th year of the competition with many highlights! The success of Ulster in Bloom relies on the commitment and talent shown by local councils, community groups and businesses so it’s wonderful to see participant numbers grow as we enter the next decade of the competition. I’d like to thank NILGA, our expert judges and all our participants for their continued support. And, on behalf of Translink, I’d like to congratulate all our wonderful Ulster in Bloom Champions!” said Frank.

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

“As a NILGA Vice President, I would like to express our appreciation and congratulations to everyone who participates and contributes to the Translink Ulster in Bloom Competition. As your Local Government Association, NILGA represents, promotes, sustains and improves local government on behalf of all councils and the competition helps us to focus on improving community participation and local creativity and to celebrate that right across our cities, towns and villages.

“This focus has never been more important. NILGA wants to see a Legislative Assembly and Executive up and running as soon possible, but we’re now into our third year of local government being the only democratically elected part of government within NI. Local government is, despite the necessary legislation, policies and resources, determined that local communities see no democratic or public service deficit and that they continue to deliver and develop vital services and invest in our local places.

“Today’s event is about celebrating you, the 2018 competition winners, for all involved, the competition celebrates the successes that can be achieved when we all come together to take pride in the places where we live and work, and together, create a better environment for everyone to enjoy” said Alderman Donnelly.

If you’re interested in getting involved in the Translink Ulster in Bloom 2019 Competition contact NILGA on (0)28 9079 8972.

ENDS

Notes to Editor:
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)

 

  • The 2018 event marks the 40TH year of the competition and the 20th year of Translink as main sponsor.
  • The Ulster in Bloom judging panel comprises professional horticulturists, lecturers, florists, members of Conservation Volunteers and Judges with N.I. Group of Flower Arranging Societies.
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