Community Champions celebrated at Mid and East Antrim in Bloom awards

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THE winners and runners up in the Mid and East Antrim in Bloom Community Competitions have been celebrated at an awards ceremony at Larne Town Hall.

Speaking at the community awards ceremony Cllr Lindsay Millar, Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, said “We already have a great deal to celebrate this year as Mid and East Antrim Borough Council picked up 10 awards at the Translink Ulster in Bloom Awards.

“And, as many of you will know, Ballymena competed in the Large Town category at the Britain in Bloom awards last Friday evening in Belfast. We were absolutely delighted that Ballymena won Gold and also won the discretionary ‘Gardening for Wildlife’ Award.

“Our Mid and East Antrim ‘In Bloom’ Community Competitions are an important way for us to celebrate the local people, the network of volunteers, and local businesses, who actively support our ‘In Bloom’ campaign and give up so much of their time to plant floral displays, improve areas for biodiversity, keep towns and villages clean and tidy and ‘green the grey’ by brightening up forgotten corners.

“I am pleased that Mid and East Antrim in Bloom Community Competitions have really caught the imagination of our citizens and we have had a fantastic response to the awards from all across the Borough.

“I was very impressed by the number of high quality entries. The time and dedication of entrants is extraordinary and a credit to all involved. Everyone who took part should be very proud of their achievements.

“Thank you all for taking part. Thank you for being here today and keep up the good work as we work together to create a better future for everyone.”

Winners and runners up were:

Best Kept Front Garden

Winner: Janet Ashington, Gracehill

Runner up: Hilary Reid, Carrickfergus

Runner up: Chris Hamil, Whitehead


Best Kept Front Container Garden

Winner: Brett Harris, Larne

Runner up: Jackie Wilson, Glenarm

Runner up: Brice Rea, Larne


Best Allotment Garden

Winner: Ivan McComb, Eden Allotment Gardens

Runner up: Barry Shaw, Greenisland Allotment Gardens

Runner up: Christine Gibson, Larne Allotment Gardens


Best Community Planting Scheme

Winner: Glenarm in Bloom

Runner up: Brighter Whitehead

Runner up: Larne Renovation Generation


Best Commercial Premises

Winner: Castello Italia, Carrickfergus

Runner up: The Diamond Bar, Ahoghill

Runner up: Gillaroo Lodge, Larne


Best Kept Roundabout

Winner: H&L McLarnon and Son

Runner up: Galgorm Dental


Gardening for Wildlife Award

Winner: The Garden Across the Road, Kells

Runner up: Friends of Ecos Nature Park, Ballymena

Runner up: Phil Allen, Carrickfergus


Tallest Sunflower

Winner: Jaxson Gilliland, age 4, Gleno

Runner up: Hollie Hunter, age 4, Larne

Runner up: Evie Stirling, age 10, Larne


Painting (Under 16)

Winner: Hannah Grace Spence, age 11, Gracehill

Runner up: Briony Roberson, age 11, Porglenone

Runner up: Jack Fleck, age 11, Ballymena


Painting (Under 10)

Winner: Tristan McClean, age 10, Whitehead

Runner up: Tyrese Simms, age 9, Carrickfergus

Runner up: Caleb Clarke, age 3, Larne



Winner: Lucas Bayram, age 9, Ballymena

Runner up: Cameron Devlin, age 10, Ahoghill

Runner up: Nikita Hartley age 9, Carrickfergus


Best School Gardening Project

Winner: Carrickfergus Central Primary

Runner up: Seaview Primary, Glenarm

Runner up: PlayAway, Islandmagee


Volunteer of the Year: Elaine McIlwaine and Irene Hunter, Carrickfergus


Young Volunteer of the Year: Cameron Liddle, Gleno


Special Award for Outstanding Contribution to Mid and East Antrim in Bloom: Wilsons of Rathkenny

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