TOBERMORE has won the village category of this year’s Translink Ulster in Bloom competition.
And Cookstown came third in the small town section of this prestigious contest.
The Mid Ulster winners were applauded for the hard work and talent of the gardeners who spent many hours on both areas.
At the results announcement ceremony in Ballymena, John Trethowan, Chairman, NITHC/Translink, said: “With 127 entries from local councils, businesses and community groups as well as 21 bus and rail station entries, Translink Ulster in Bloom continues to attract high participation levels as people throughout Northern Ireland demonstrate their superb gardening talent.
“Participants have shown immense skill and creativity to ensure their areas are kept attractive.
“Their exquisite plant and floral displays can be enjoyed by both local people and tourists, making a positive lasting impression during their visit to Northern Ireland.
“While a number of category titles have been retained by several council areas, we have also seen a number of newcomers reach the top three placings. We hope these impressive displays will encourage even more people to get involved in Ulster in Bloom next year,” said John.
Councillor Evelyne Robinson, President, Northern Ireland Local Government Association, said: “Careful husbandry and a feeling of ownership by the residents is very helpful in combating vandalism and the nuisance of anti - social behaviour, besides providing education through good example. A pleasant, attractive environment can also be very useful in encouraging tourists to visit, and in influencing potential investors to establish new businesses.
“Congratulations to the winners and yet again sincere thanks to the sponsors, judges, councils and all those who make the Translink Ulster in Bloom competition what it is today.”
Martyn Todd, board member, Northern Ireland Tourist Board, said: “We are proud to offer continued support to Ulster in Bloom and commend the enthusiastic efforts and hard work of all the entrants. This competition plays an important role in making Northern Ireland a must see destination by bringing colour and vibrancy to our towns and villages which makes local areas appealing to both domestic and international visitors. And in creating such attractive townscapes, it also engenders a source of civic pride.”
Category winners in the 33rd Translink Ulster in Bloom competition include: Derry City (City), Bangor (Large Town), Coleraine (Town), Ahoghill (Small Town), Broughshane (Large Village), Tobermore (Village) and Scarva (Small Village).
Castlereagh Borough Council received the Crystal Award for outstanding effort and contribution to Ulster in Bloom throughout the council area. The ‘Most Improved’ title went to Larne while Lisburn City Council scooped the ‘Roses in Towns’ award.
Special awards for outstanding presentation were presented to Drennan’s Restaurant on University Road in south Belfast, the Park Complex Arcade on Omagh Main Street, Suffolk Community Garden in west Belfast, Larne Methodist Church and Antrim Garden in Portrush.
The horticultural talents of community groups and Translink employees was also recognised with Foyle Street Bus Station in Londonderry winning the Best Floral Station award and Carnalea Residents’ Association won the Community Rail Halt Award for their work at Carnalea Rail Halt.
The Translink Ulster in Bloom Competition is organised by the Northern Ireland Local Government Association with the support of the Northern Ireland Tourist Board.