‘Blooming Best’ in the Borough Announced

Thursday 27th August 2020

The winners and runners-up in Ards and North Down Borough Council’s inaugural ‘In Bloom’ Community Competition have been revealed!

The Best Kept Front Garden

There was plenty of hot competition from the Borough's green-fingered gardeners as they vied for not only the prestigious Best Kept Front Garden award but also the Gardening for Wildlife award, Best Community Planting Scheme and Best Kept Commercial Premises.

A host of entries that showcased some beautiful gardens and planting schemes in Ards and North Down gave the judges some difficult decisions to make but after much deliberation, Comber's Stephen Thompson emerged as the winner of the Best Kept Front Garden!

Best Kept Front Garden winner Stephen Thompson

Also from Comber, Carla Campbell won the Gardening for Wildlife Award while 'Portaferry in Bloom' won the Best Community Planting Scheme. Finally, The Old Post Office in Lisbane (pictured below) secured a well-deserved win in the category of Best Kept Commercial Premises. 

Congratulating the winners, the Mayor of Ards and North Down, Councillor Trevor Cummings, said:

“Our ‘In Bloom’ competition encourages everyone in the Borough to think about their local environment and how flowers, plants, and gardens can enhance it for people and protect our wildlife. This is a great opportunity to showcase the variety of gardening talent we have and I've been really impressed with the quality of entrants. Congratulations must go to the winners as well as everyone who took part."

The Old Post Office, Lisbane

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, the Tallest Sunflower Competition, and the Painting Competition.

The winners of these categories will be announced in due course. Entries for the Painting Competition are open until 30 September. For more information, visit the Ards and North Down In Bloom page.

Winners and Runners-up
 
Best Kept Front Garden

Winner: Stephen Thompson from Comber
Runner-up: Andrew Gee from Bangor
Runner -up: Francis Brown from Ballywalter
Runner-up: Alison Coyle from Groomsport
 
Gardening for Wildlife Award

Winner: Carla Campbell from Comber
Runner-up: Alan Campbell from Newtownards
Runner-up: Judith Harkness from Comber
Runner-up: Andrew Kedziora from Bangor
 
Best Community Planting Scheme

Winner: Portaferry in Bloom 
Runner-up: Lawson Learners from Portavogie
Runner-up: Millisle Health & Wellbeing Group 
Runner-up: Comber Regeneration Community Partnership 
 
Best Kept Commercial Premises

Winner:
The Old Post Office in Lisbane
Runner-up: Hoops Courtyard from Greyabbey
Runner-up: The Cultra Inn from Holywood
Runner-up: The Old Inn from Crawfordsburn