THE results of the 2013 Translink Ulster in Bloom Competition were announced this week celebrating Northern Ireland’s finest horticultural talent with Castlecaufield taking second place, and neighbouring Donaghmore being awarded third place in the Village category.
Category winners in the 35th Translink Ulster in Bloom competition include: Derry City (City), Carrickfergus (Large Town), Banbridge (Town), Ahoghill (Small Town), Broughshane (Large Village), Glenarm (Village) and Scarva (Small Village).
The ‘Most Improved’ title went to Saintfield while Lisburn scooped the ‘Roses in Towns’ award.
Special awards for outstanding presentation were presented to Grove Community Park in North Belfast and Carrickfergus Borough Council in recognition of their efforts to support Biodiversity, Johnston Upholstery in Ballinamallard (Co Fermanagh) and Conway’s Bar in Newtownstewart (Co Tyrone) also received Special Awards for Outstanding Presentation.
Speaking at the results ceremony in The Mill, Downpatrick, Robert Magill, Translink Service Delivery Manager for Dungannon, said: “We are delighted with Castlecaulfield and Donaghmore’s success at this year’s Ulster In Bloom Awards. 2013 continues to place Northern Ireland under the international spotlight with many high-profile events attracting thousands of visitors to cities, towns and villages. Beautiful plant and floral presentations play an important role in creating a lasting, positive and welcoming image of Castlecaulfield, Donaghmore and Northern Ireland, encouraging people to make return visits with friends and family.
“It is great to see new locations from right across Northern Ireland making it into the top three placings. We are also pleased that continued effort is being made to support Biodiversity which reflects our own approach to sustainable business; supporting the environment in which we operate.
“We would like to thank and congratulate Castlecaulfield, Donaghmore, and all our 2013 Translink Ulster in Bloom participants for their hard work and dedication. We would also encourage more people to get out and about by bus or train to explore some of these beautiful places,” said Robert.
Alderman Arnold Hatch, Vice President, Northern Ireland Local Government Association, said: “It is my pleasure and privilege to represent the Northern Ireland Local Government Association here today and to convey our gracious thanks and congratulations to the very many people, Councils, local ‘In – Bloom’ committees and sponsors, who have participated in, and contributed to, the 2013 Ulster in Bloom Competition.
“As a Councillor, I truly recognise the improvement in my constituency area of Craigavon, I am very conscious of the savings and community pride which can be achieved for rate-payers through involvement in the Competition. The feeling of ownership by residents is very helpful in combating vandalism and the nuisance of anti - social behaviour, while also providing education through good example. My congratulations to all the finalists and a big thank you to the sponsors, the judges, the Councils and all those who make the Translink Ulster in Bloom competition what it is today.,” said Alderman Hatch.
This year’s competition attracted 107 entries representing local councils, businesses and community groups as well as 38 bus and rail stations. The Translink Ulster in Bloom Competition is co-ordinated by the Northern Ireland Local Government Association.