To coincide with the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) National Gardening Week the Mayor of Mid and East Antrim Borough Council, Cllr Paul Reid, has officially launched the 2018 Mid and East Antrim in Bloom campaign and community competition and is encouraging green fingered citizens to help make the borough beautiful.
The launch was held within Carnfunnock Country Park’s beautiful Walled Garden on Monday 30 April and guests enjoyed refreshments and were invited to take part in a range of ‘In Bloom’ activities.
Speaking at the event Cllr Reid said: “Mid and East Antrim has established a reputation as an award winning borough thanks to our In Bloom campaign which encourages everyone who lives here to think about their local environment and how flowers, plants and gardens can enhance it for people and wildlife. There are many ways to help, for example, filling a hanging basket, sowing wildflower seeds or installing a nest box – there is something for everyone to do to ensure our borough looks its best. By actively supporting our In Bloom campaign and competitions residents not only brighten our borough but enable our towns and villages to go on to achieve success in Ulster in Bloom and Britain in Bloom awards.
Top Performing Area
“At the 2017 Britain in Bloom Awards, Ballymena and Cullybackey both won a Silver Gilt. Ballymena will be competing in the RHS competition again this summer and we are hoping to bring home the Gold. Mid and East Antrim also blossomed at the 2017 Ulster in Bloom Awards winning 12 in total, winning in four categories. Once again, our area was the top performing Council in Northern Ireland. I’m pleased to see more towns and villages taking up In Bloom activities, inspired by local success. If you’re not green fingered yourself, why not consider nominating a neighbour’s garden and other properties that you think are attractive and deserve recognition?”
The Mid and East Antrim In Bloom community competitions are a great chance for people to be recognised for their gardening skills. Applications are welcome from the borough’s residents and entry is free.
There are ten community competitions with great prizes available for winners and runners up in each. They include Best Kept Front Garden, Best Kept Allotment Garden, Best Kept Commercial Premises, Best Kept Community Planting Scheme and the Gardening for Wildlife Award. There are also four competitions specifically for our young horticulturalists, the Painting Competition, Poetry Competition, Best School Gardening Project and of course, the hotly contested Tallest Sunflower Competition.
Guy Barter, Chief Horticulturist at the RHS said “National Gardening Week this year is all about encouraging everyone to share their passion for plants, and what better way than getting involved in Mid and East Antrim in Bloom? I wish all the competition entrants the very best of luck and I’ve no doubt that the In Bloom campaign will get off to a fantastic start with such wonderful community spirit.”