Ballymoney and Dungiven have been named Ulster in Bloom’s ‘most improved’ towns while Castlerock was recognised in the ‘Community Rail Halt’ category.
The annual horticultural competition encourages areas to look their best, boosting civic pride through beautiful plant and floral displays.
The Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, Councillor Brenda Chivers attended the recent results ceremony and said: “It is very special for both Ballymoney and Dungiven to receive this recognition for their commitment to creating welcoming environments through floral displays and well maintained open spaces. I would like to pay tribute to everyone who has contributed to this success.”
Translink Chairman Frank Hewitt, said: “This milestone year of Translink Ulster in Bloom has produced many exquisite entries and I’d like to congratulate all the 2018 winners and runners-up. It’s been another highly competitive competition and we continue to see a trend for new locations hitting the top spots. Our thanks to all the local councils, businesses, community groups and Translink employees who work hard to make Northern Ireland a more attractive place to live, work and visit.”
Alderman Freda Donnelly, Vice President, NILGA, said: “It is my pleasure to convey the Association’s admiration and encouragement to each of you today. Not just for your support in this the 40th year, but for your many years of championing the “In Bloom” message of councils, local committees, residents and businesses, coming together to take pride in the places where you live and work, creating a better environment for everyone to share.
As NILGA, councils and councillors, the competition helps us to focus on improving the quality of life for citizen’s right across the region, congratulations to everyone involved for your ongoing support and enthusiasm.”
Now in its 40th year, all 11 local councils participated in the 2018 competition which attracted 120 entries.