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Winner celebrations at 40th Translink Ulster in Bloom Awards

8 March 2019

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

Published
11/03/2019

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