CULLYBACKEY has been awarded gold in the prestigious Britain in Bloom competition.
RHS Britain in Bloom (BiB) is the largest horticultural campaign in the United Kingdom.
Over 1,600 communities around the UK enter each year, participating in their local region’s “in Bloom” campaign.
In Northern Ireland this is the Translink Ulster in Bloom competition.
From these regional competitions, roughly 80 communities are selected to enter the national Finals of RHS Britain in Bloom.
As Cullybackey won the ‘Large Village’ category at Ulster in Bloom 2018, it was entered into Britain in Bloom 2019.
Britain in Bloom judges Geraldine King and Jim Goodwin visited Cullybackey in August.
During a two hour tour they were shown highlights in the village including Main Street, Shellinghill Park, Maine River Walk and Arthur Cottage.
The 2019 Britain in Bloom awards ceremony was held at RHS Lindley Hall London on Friday 25 October 2019.
Three representatives from the Cullybackey Community Partnership (CCP) attended along with an officer from Mid & East Antrim Borough Council and Deputy Mayor Beth Adger.
The award was collected by the Deputy Mayor and Bertie McNeilly from CCP.
Cllr Beth Adger MBE said: “I was delighted to be in attendance at the prestigious RHS Britain in Bloom awards and to see Cullybackey win the gold award.
“Cullybackey was looking better than ever this year thanks to a great working relationship between Council and the Cullybackey Community Partnership volunteers, and long may it continue.
“The Britain in Bloom judges noted excellent examples of horticultural, good interpretation of how Cullybackey supports the Local Biodiversity Action Plan and how clean and tidy the village was.
“The judges also mentioned the outstanding wildflower meadows in the village and noted Arthur Cottage as a highlight of the tour. All the hard work has certainly paid off.”