Flower Power Challenge for Belfast in Bloom

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Residents and businesses in Belfast are facing a ‘blooming’ challenge to outdo last year’s success in making the city more attractive for those who live, work or visit.

It is time to spring into action and sign up for the annual ‘Belfast in Bloom’, competition which offers categories to encourage blossoms in every space whether it is a hanging basket and window box, or getting the whole street to put their green fingers to work.

To support this year’s public challenge we are holding a number of “Summer hanging basket and colourful container workshops” at Grosvenor, Grove, Donegall Pass and Avoniel Community Gardens which are open to everyone. Participants are asked to bring their own hanging basket or container while plants, compost and advice will be supplied at the event.

Available Categories

A Schools category is encouraging young people especially to get involved while individuals, local businesses, community gardens and allotments are also invited to participate.

Lord Mayor, Councillor Nuala McAllister said: “Flowers are a great way to raise the mood and put everyone in a cheerful frame of mind especially when they are decorating the city streets.

“It makes Belfast even more welcoming than usual and adds to the festive atmosphere as we look to enjoy good weather, but even in the rain flowers make the place look brighter.

“The ‘Belfast in Bloom’ competition is open to everyone tnd the benefits are so wide they ripple through the city from street to street and help strengthen communities by encouraging people to work together to present the best picture possible of our city.”

Closing dates for school entries is Friday 15, June while the closing date for other categories is Friday, 20 July. Awards will be announced in early autumn.

More information on Belfast in Bloom is available by emailing belfastinbloom@belfastcity.gov.uk or by telephoning 028 9032 0202 extn 3400. Information and entry forms are available from our website www.belfastcity.gov.uk/belfastinbloom

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