Ards and North Down In Bloom Competition Winners Announced!

Tuesday 17th October 2023

Ards and North Down Borough Council has announced the winners of this year’s Ards and North Down In Bloom competitions!

The annual competition attracted entries from across the Borough for a total of eight categories that encouraged children, adults and local businesses to put their green fingers to the test.

The competition was created to encourage everyone who lives or works in the Borough to think about their local environment and consider how attractive flowers, plants, trees and gardens can enhance it. The initiative’s objectives are in line with the Translink Ulster in Bloom competition and other regional award schemes with entrants judged on horticultural excellence, community participation and environmentally sustainable practices.

The Mayor of Ards and North Down, Councillor Jennifer Gilmour, said:

“By supporting the competition, residents make their gardens and businesses more attractive while also contributing to the Borough’s entry into the annual Translink Ulster in Bloom competition. This year, I was delighted to see both Donaghadee and Groomsport recognised among Northern Ireland’s top horticultural talent, and congratulations must go to all those who played their part and entered the Ards and North Down Community Competitions.”

This year’s category winners were:

  • Best Kept Front Garden: Derek McClure (Bangor)
  • Gardening for Wildlife Award: Amy Kelly (Newtownards)
  • Volunteer of The Year: Alison Taylor (Donaghadee)
  • Best Kept Commercial Premises: Maurice Patton, Ards Allotments
  • Best Kept Community Planting Scheme: Groomsport, Cockle Row
  • Best School Gardening Project: Killard House School, Donaghadee
  • Tallest Sunflower: Georgina Hawe (Greyabbey)
  • Young Volunteer of the Year: Sam Cree (Comber)
  • Painting Competition Winners: Joel Chirayath Joju and Courtney Hutchinson
  • Special Recognition Prize: Robin Masefield

The competition winners will attend a special awards ceremony on Friday where they will be recognised for their efforts. For more information, visit Ards and North Down In Bloom | Ards and North Down Borough Council