Ards and North Down ‘In Bloom’ Award Winners Announced!

Tuesday 5th October 2021

The winners of Ards and North Down Borough Council’s annual ‘In Bloom’ community competitions have been revealed!

There was plenty of competition from the Borough's green-fingered gardeners and a host of entries showcased some beautiful gardens and planting schemes across Ards and North Down.

The judges had some difficult decisions to make but after much deliberation, four of the main award winners have been announced: 

Best Kept Front Garden Award: Frances Brown (Ballywalter) 

Frances Brown finished as a runner-up in last year’s inaugural Ards and North Down In Bloom competition. Judges were impressed by the standard of horticulture and magnificent mix of plants and colour. His garden also included a range of fun and interesting features that brought it to life. Frances is pictured above with Deputy Mayor Councillor Robert Adair.

Gardening for Wildlife Award: Lynne Tweed (Bangor)

Lynne Tweed, assisted by her husband Mark, started to develop her garden as a hobby during the pandemic. Her steep garden proved to be a challenge but she developed a brilliant mix of pollinator friendly plants where a lot of bees and butterflies have been able to feed. The garden also offers a very attractive view to people on what is a busy stretch of path. 

A woman is pictured in her beautiful garden with the Deputy Mayor, who is wearing a blue suit and his chain of office.

Best Community Planting Scheme Award: Lawson Learners (Portavogie) 

The Lawson Learners group was formed by a collection of neighbours who were keen to improve the look of their area while also learning about horticulture. The scheme is an impressive mix of shrubs, trees and perennial plants, as well as a number of impressive features, including a planted boat. The judges were also impressed with the way their scheme is encouraging other people in the area to improve their front gardens. 

A group of womena nd children with the deputy Mayor at their community planting scheme.

Best Kept Commercial Premises Award: Hoops Courtyard (Greyabbey) 

Hoops Courtyard is a wonderful example of how flowers can add a delicate beauty to an already tranquil setting. It is also a great example of how pots and containers can be used to good effect when space is limited. 

Staff members of Hoops courtyard sit at a table amongst the colourful plants with the Deputy Mayor, who is wearing a blue suit his chain of office.

Congratulating the winners, the Deputy Mayor of Ards and North Down, Councillor Robert Adair, said: 

“The ‘In Bloom’ competition encourages everyone to think about their local environment. It provides a great opportunity to showcase the abundance of gardening talent that we have in Ards and North Down, and all of the entrants have contributed to making our Borough even more beautiful." 

The Ards and North Down in Bloom community competition also features a Volunteer of the Year category as well as sections for those aged 16 and under. They include the Young Volunteer of the Year and the Tallest Sunflower Competition. The winners of these categories will be announced over the coming weeks.