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24/02/2022

Randalstown announced as Britain in Bloom Finalist

Horticultural heroes of Tidy Randalstown have reached the final stages of Britain in Bloom for the third time.

The County Antrim town will compete in the Small Town category representing Northern Ireland in the 2022 Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Britain in Bloom UK Finals.  

Randalstown could be triumphant in the 59th year of the nation’s largest community gardening competition as it showcases the best in community gardening, strong community spirit and pride of place. Hopes are high for this year’s submission following last year’s success when the team received an ‘outstanding award’ in both the ‘Cultivating Your Community’ and ‘Planting with Purpose’ categories. 

Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor Billy Webb commented on Randalstown’s exciting news;

To be announced as a finalist in Britain in Bloom again is outstanding. I’m so impressed with the town’s stunning combination of floral displays every year. Tidy Randalstown is an inspiring community group, their volunteers clocked up a staggering 8417 hours in 2021 to make Randalstown an inviting and welcoming town for its residents. This village is blooming with civic pride. 

Judging will take place over the summer months with top marks being awarded for environmental focus, including reducing waste and tackling litter. Randalstown’s green-fingered finalists will discover in October if they can add this award to their enviable record of prestigious accolades since their formation in 2003, including coming first Ulster in Bloom Small Town four consecutive times. 

Tidy Randalstown has a list of exciting projects planned for 2022 to get everyone in the community involved, including the ‘Nature Corridor, ’Big Clean Up Day’ and ‘Young Citizens of the Future 2022. For more information on Tidy Randalstown’s work visit ww.facebook.com/tidyrandalstown