COMMUNITY volunteers from Cullybackey are set to attend the finals of the Royal Horticultural Society’s Britain In Bloom competition in London next month.
Cullybackey is a finalist in the ‘large village category’.
The awards ceremony will take place at the Society’s Lindley Hall in London on October 25
when RHS Ambassador Jamie Butterworth will be presenting the awards.
After becoming a finalist in BBC3’s Young Gardener of the Year at just 16 years old, Jamie went on to co-found YoungHort in 2013 to inspire more young people to choose gardening as a career.
In his role as RHS Ambassador, Jamie is sharing his passion for horticulture and getting secondary school children involved in gardening.
Mid & East Antrim councillors were told tickets to the gala dinner and awards ceremony are free of charge.
It was heard that at previous finals three community volunteers joined the Mayor and a council officer.
The Council is covering the cost of travel and accommodation for the volunteers.
Alderman Stewart McDonald wished Cullybackey well and Alderman William McNeilly said he was delighted to second the proposal to attend the awards.
The Mayor, Councillor Maureen Morrow, also passed on her best wishes to Cullybackey.
She said: “They have done a great deal of work and it was lovely to see around the village a few weeks ago.”
A council report said: ‘In recognition of the very many hours of voluntary work undertaken by the community representatives, Council has in previous years met the cost of travel and accommodation.’
An ‘In Bloom’ budget had already been set aside by the Council and it was estimated the costs to go to London would be around £1,500.