Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough has once again proved its Blooming Marvellous at this year’s Translink Ulster in Bloom Competition.
Held today, Wednesday, in Mossley Mill, the hotly contested event attracted 142 entries from all 11 local council areas.
In addition to Antrim being named as the best town, Randalstown picked up the award for Best Small Town and Ballynure was chosen as the Best Small Village with Ballyeaston coming an excellent Third in the same category.
The annual horticultural showcase encourages cities, towns and villages right across Northern Ireland to look their best, boosting civic pride through beautiful plant and floral displays.
Speaking after the announcement, Alderman John Smyth, Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey congratulated all those taking part.
“This is yet another fantastic result for the Borough and comes hot on the heels of the 15 Green Flag Awards achieved recently and Antrim Castle Gardens being named as the Best Park in Northern Ireland by Fields in Trust.
“Ulster in Bloom is all about local people and local authorities working together to make local areas more beautiful and inviting and we are delighted to see the Borough so well represented at this year’s awards.
This is the 21ST year of Translink’s sponsorship of the competition. Speaking at the results announcement ceremony, Translink Board Member, Dr Mark Sweeney OBE, said:
“Congratulations to all our 2019 Translink Ulster in Bloom winners and runners-up!
“You have created the most stunning plant and floral displays, showcasing your areas and making Northern Ireland a more attractive place to live, visit and work.
“Our thanks to all the local councils, businesses, community groups and Translink employees who have worked so hard to improve their local area and make such a positive lasting impression on both local people and visitors.
The Translink Ulster in Bloom Competition is co-ordinated by the Northern Ireland local Government Association (NILGA).
Antrim and Randalstown will be hoping their winning streak continues this Autumn when they take part in the National RHS Britain in Bloom competition in London.