Local success celebrated at the Ulster in Bloom Awards

Town, villages, parks and reserves across the borough are celebrating after scooping prestigious awards for their beautiful blossoms in the annual Translink Ulster in Bloom competition.

Tuesday, 22nd March 2016, 3:59 pm
Celebrating success at the Translink Ulster in Bloom Awards are l-r Bernard Mitchell, Translink Board Member, Noel Mitchell, Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council, Alderman Freda Donnelly, NI Local Government Association Executive Member, Hazel Guiney, Charlestown in Bloom (Winner of the Small Village Award), Cllr Declan McAlinden, Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council and Alderman Arnold Hatch, Vice President, NI Local Government Association.

Charlestown came first in the small village section, making it the first time they have won first place. Scarva secured second place in the small village section with Edenvilla Secret Garden in Portadown and Oxford Island Nature Reserve, Craigavon, (biodiversity) scooping special awards for outstanding presentation.

Banbridge scooped third place in the town category.

Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council have worked closely with local community groups to brighten up their towns and villages as part of the Ulster in Bloom scheme.

Council planted thousands of geraniums, begonias, marigolds, sofinias and fushia as well as trailing barrier plants and basket trees across the area.

“The floral displays across the Borough are magnificent and it is clear to see why they have received these prestigious accolades,” said the Lord Mayor of Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon, Councillor Darryn Causby.

“We are thrilled for everyone who has worked so hard to make our area beautiful. I know that the awards were tightly contested so well done!”

The Translink Ulster in Bloom Competition is organised by the Northern Ireland local Government Association (NILGA).