In pictures: Mid and East Antrim ‘In Bloom’ Community Awards Ceremony

Pictured for Outstanding Contribution to 'In Bloom' is Bertie McNeilly (middle) from Cullybackey. Also is included is Stephen Clements from BBC Radio Ulster and Mayor Maureen Morrow

THE Mayor of Mid & East Antrim, Cllr Maureen Morrow, has presented the Mid and East Antrim in Bloom Community Awards.

Best Kept Front Garden winner, Frances and Jack Wilson, from Glenarm

 

The special event was held at Ecos in Ballymena and celebrated the success of those who have taken part in the 2019 Mid and East Antrim in Bloom Community Competitions.

Best Kept Front Garden runner up, Elizabeth Holmes from Cullybackey

 

The Mayor was assisted by BBC Radio Ulster’s Stephen Clements who admitted to being an enthusiastic but novice gardener and hoped to pick up some top tips from Mid and East Antrim’s horticultural experts.

Best Kept Front Container Garden winner Bertie Mark from Gracehill

 

Speaking at the event Cllr Morrow said “Our ‘In Bloom’ Community Competitions are an important way for us to celebrate local people, network of volunteers, and local businesses, who actively support our ‘In Bloom’ campaign and who dedicate so much time to planting floral displays, improving areas for biodiversity, keeping towns and villages clean and tidy and ‘greening the grey’ by brightening up forgotten corners. All this not only beautifies our Borough, but can help boost the economy and tourism.

Best Kept Front Container Garden runner up Brice Rea from Larne

 

“I am delighted the Community Competitions are so well supported by our citizens. We had entries from all across the Borough.

Best Kept Community Planting Scheme winner The Base Ballymena

 

“The time and dedication of entrants is extraordinary and a credit to all involved.

Best Kept Community Planting Scheme runner up Islandmagee Community Garden

 

“Everyone who took part should be very proud of their achievements.

Best Kept Community Planting Scheme runner up Charles Shiels Community Carrickfergus

 

“Thank you all for your efforts and thank you for being here today. Please keep up the good work, as we work together to create a better future for everyone.”

Best Kept Allotment Garden winner Alan Rice, Larne Allotment Gardens

 

Amongst a host of winners on the day was Best Kept Garden winners Frances and Jack Wilson from Glenarm, Best Kept Allotment Garden winner Alan Rice from Larne and Gardening for Wildlife winner Damien McAllister from Portglenone.

Best Kept Allotment Garden runner up, Michael Tuke, Eden Allotment Gardens

 

The Base Garden in Ballymena won the Best Community Planting Scheme award and The Bank House Whitehead won the Best Commercial Premises award.

Best Kept Commericial Premises winner The Bank House Whitehead

 

Young gardeners from Carnlough, Larne and Carrickfergus grew the Tallest Sunflowers in the Borough.

Best Kept Commericial Premises runner up Willow Beauty Ballymena

 

Nixie Culbert, age 8, from Carrickfergus won the Best Painting award and Larne and Inver Primary School won the Best School Garden award.

Best Kept Front Garden runner up, Anderson Weir from Gracehill

 

John Small from Ahoghill was crowned Volunteer of the Year and Abbie Hill from Larne was awarded Young Volunteer of the Year.

Gardening for Wildlife winner Damien McAllister from Portglenone

 

Bertie McNeilly from Cullybackey was recognised for his Outstanding Contribution to ‘in bloom’.

Gardening for Wildlife runner up Yvonne Milliken from Ballymena

 

Three environmental groups – D3MAC Ballymena, Charles Shiels Community Carrickfergus and the Portglenone Paddlers – were awarded the ‘Eco Champion’ award.

Gardening for Wildlife runner up Brian Pollard from Whitehead

 

After the awards ceremony afternoon tea was provided by Ability Café, now based at the ECOS, and entertainment was provided by the ‘This is Me’ Choir.

Tallest Sunflower winner Jack McAuley, age 5, from Carnlough

 

This choir was set up last year as part of Mid and East Antrim Council’s Dementia Friendly Communities programme and is open to people living with dementia, carers, friends and family.

Tallest Sunflower runner up Jorja Dorrian, aged 9, from Carrickfergus

 

Painting winner Nixie Culbert, age 8, from Carrickfergus

 

Painting runner up Tia – Lily Smyth, age 10, from Carrickfergus

 

Painting runner up Harry Quinn, age 3, from Larne

 

Best School Garden winner Larne and Inver Primary School

 

Best School Garden runner up Mary Queen of Peace Primary School, Glenravel

 

Volunteer of the Year John Small from Ahoghill

 

Young Volunteer of the Year Abbie Hill from Larne

 

Eco Champion D3MAC from Ballymena

 

Eco Champion Charles Shiels Community, Carrickfergus

 

Eco Champion Portglenone Paddlers

 

This is Me Choir
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