Coleraine joins prize winners at Ulster in Bloom Awards

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Coleraine was among the winners at the 2021 Translink Ulster in Bloom Awards.

The town took third place in the Best Small City/Large Town section in the annual competition that recognises the most beautiful displays of flowers and plants across Northern Ireland.

The Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, Councillor Richard Holmes, said: “I want to congratulate Council’s Estates department who work tirelessly to keep our towns and villages filled with floral colour.

“In Coleraine, an increase in our use of wildflower planting has been well received by the public, who appreciate both their rugged beauty and positive impact on biodiversity. The displays are a haven for wildlife, attracting all sorts of insects and pollinators, and their success is testament to our knowledgeable Council staff.

“They take great pride in their job and significant efforts are made to create beautiful displays for residents and visitors to enjoy so I’m delighted that Coleraine has been recognised as one of the best at this prestigious competition.”

Speaking at the Awards, Translink Chairman Michael Wardlow said: “Translink is proud of its long-standing role in Ulster in Bloom and it’s great to see the competition grow each year, with 125 entries representing all local council areas as well as 24 bus and train stations entering this year.

“It is heartening to see such fantastic demonstrations of community spirit in action. The time and dedication given to creating such beautiful spaces is commendable. It’s also great to see so much biodiversity and a focus on sustainability, whether through the use of wildflowers or community allotments, this goes hand in hand with Translink’s Climate Positive Strategy to create a cleaner, greener world for generations to come.

“Our winners demonstrate a true Ulster in Bloom ethos with their skill and enthusiasm to improve their local environment for local people and visitors to enjoy. On behalf of Translink, I’d like to congratulate all our Ulster in Bloom Champions.”

The Translink Ulster in Bloom Competition is co-ordinated by the Northern Ireland Local Government Association (NILGA).

Councillor Frances Burton, Vice President, NILGA, said: “The 2021 Translink Ulster in Bloom campaign demonstrated the enormous value and commitment of the 11 councils and our many ‘Bloom’ communities, encouraging us to care for our local places and the wider environment, supporting biodiversity, conservation, wildlife habitats, sustainable planting and the conservation of resources. 

“As councils and councillors, a focus on improving the quality of life for citizens right across NI and enhancing our cities, towns and villages has never been more important given the impact of the pandemic on all of us over the past 18 months.” 

“On behalf of NILGA, our sincere thanks to all those who champion the “In Bloom” message of councils, local committees, residents and businesses, coming together to take pride in the places where you live and work, creating a better environment for everyone to share. Congratulations to everyone and thank you for your ongoing support and enthusiasm.” 

“Our winners demonstrate a true Ulster in Bloom ethos with their skill and enthusiasm to improve their local environment for local people and visitors to enjoy. On behalf of Translink, I’d like to congratulate all our Ulster in Bloom Champions.”

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Winston Brogan and Rodney Boyd from Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council’s Estates team pictured earlier this year with the Mayor, Councillor Richard Holmes, during a visit to a wildflower display at Anderson Park in Coleraine.

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A beautiful wildflower bed in full bloom at Anderson Park in Coleraine.

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