Ulster in Bloom, Translink

Community and council gardeners from across Northern Ireland were presented with awards for the sought-after Translink Ulster in Bloom accolade, which recognises the work carried out by gardening enthusiasts and council teams in local cities, towns and villages.

The popular horticultural and community awards celebrate the work and dedication gardening teams give to create beautiful plant and floral displays, clean up local beauty spots, boost biodiversity, and develop and maintain green areas for people to enjoy.

The winners by category were:

City Large Town / City - Derry City (Derry City & Strabane District Council); Large Town / Small City - Coleraine (Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council); Town - Donaghadee (Ards & North Down Borough Council); Small Town - Randalstown (Antrim & Newtownabbey Borough Council); Large Village - Cullybackey (Mid & East Antrim Borough Council); Village - Donaghmore (Mid Ulster District Council); and Small Village - Ballynure (Antrim & Newtownabbey Borough Council).

Special Award winners were: McConnells Bar, Doagh for Floral Presentation; Friels Bar and Restaurant, Swatragh for Impressive Floral Heritage; Lorcan Doran, Saintfield for the Youth Award; and special award for Larne Renovation Generation.

Margaret Murphy, Cullybackey was awarded the winner of Translink Ken Powels Community Champion Award in recognition of the positive impact her work and commitment has made to her local community spaces by embracing the Ulster in Bloom ethos.

The Best Station title was won by Whitehead Railway Station (Mid & East Antrim Borough Council).

Speaking at the presentation of awards, Translink Chairman Dr Michael Wardlow said:

“Ulster in Bloom is a fantastic example of community spirit and demonstrates the great achievements that can be made when people come together. As Northern Ireland’s public transport provider, servicing communities large and small, Translink is proud to continue its support of Ulster in Bloom which recognises and celebrates the time and dedication of volunteers, council workers and local groups across Cities, towns and villages, big and small.”  

The Translink Ulster in Bloom Competition is co-ordinated by the Northern Ireland Local Government Association (NILGA). Cllr Frances Burton, Vice President, Northern Ireland Local Government Association, said:

“For everyone involved, Translink Ulster in Bloom celebrates the amazing achievements of great team work and partnerships and the success of coming together to take pride in the places where we live and work to create a better environment for everyone to enjoy”.

"As your Local Government Association, NILGA represents & promotes local government on behalf of all councils and the competition helps us, as NILGA, councils and councillors, to focus on improving the quality of life for citizens right across the region, while also enhancing our cities, towns and villages.

If you’re interested in getting involved in the Translink Ulster in Bloom 2022 Competition contact NILGA on (0)28 9079 8972 or email  


All media enquiries to: Charlotte Richardson, Translink tel. 07890 061887.

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