‘Blooming best’ in the Borough are announced in a blaze of colour

Pictured are Frances and Jack Wilson, Glenarm -winners of the Best Kept Front Garden Category

The winners and runners-up in the Mid and East Antrim ‘In Bloom’ Community Competition have been announced.

The Mayor of Mid and East Antrim Borough Council, Councillor Maureen Morrow, said: “Councils ‘In Bloom’ competition encourages everyone in the Borough to think about their local environment and how flowers, plants and gardens can enhance it for people and wildlife.

“I have been really impressed with the quality of entrants to the competition this year from all across the Borough. It has been an opportunity for me to see the variety of horticultural talent we have here. Well done everyone and please keep up the great work.”

Winners and runners up will be invited to an awards ceremony in October.

Cllr Morrow added: “I would also like to remind everyone that the deadline for the very popular Tallest Sunflower entries is 1 September. The Painting, Poetry, and the Best School Gardening Project Competitions remain open until 30 September.”

Competition winners and runners-up are as follows:

Pictured are Frances and Jack Wilson, Glenarm -winners of the Best Kept Front Garden Category


Best Kept Front Garden – Winner: Frances and Jack Wilson, Glenarm; Runner up: Anderson Weir, Gracehill; Runner up: Elizabeth Holmes, Cullybackey.

Best kept front container garden was awarded to Bertie Mark from Gracehill


Best Kept Front Container Garden – Winner: Bertie Mark, Gracehill; Runner up: Philomena Corey, Carrickfergus; Runner up: Brice Rea, Larne; Runner up: Isobel McCormick, Islandmagee.

First place in the best allotment category is Alan Rice


Best Allotment Garden – Winner: Alan Rice, Larne Allotment Gardens; Runner up: Michael Tuke, Eden Allotment Gardens; Runner up: Patricia Beattie, Greenisland Allotment Gardens.

Best community planting scheme was awarded to Ballymena Base Garden


Best Community Planting Scheme – Winner: Ballymena Base Garden; Runner up: Islandmagee Community Garden; Runner up: Charles Sheils Community, Carrickfergus.

Best commercial premises was awarded to The Bank House, Whitehead


Best Commercial Premises – Winner: The Bank House, Whitehead; Runner up: Willow Beauty, Ballymena; Runner up: Hairtopia, Whitehead

Pictured is Damian McAllister from Portglenone, winner of the Gardening for Wildlife Category


Gardening for Wildlife Award – Winner: Damian McAllister, Portglenone; Runner up: Yvonne Milliken, Ballymena; Runner up: Brian Pollard, Whitehead.

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