Brighten up the Borough with In Bloom

Monday 25th April 2022

Green-fingered residents urged to help brighten up Borough as In Bloom campaign gets underway.

A group of men and women standing in a greenhouse. In the middle, a man wearing a Mayoral chain of office is holding a sign to promote the In Bloom campaign.

Ards and North Down Borough Council has launched this year's Ards and North Down In Bloom campaign and community competitions to coincide with National Gardening Week (2 May – 8 May). 

Volunteers from the Portaferry In Bloom helped to launch the 'In Bloom' community competitions on 22 April and are encouraging residents in the Borough to get involved for the chance to be recognised for their excellent gardening skills. 

There are several different categories that cater for people of all ages with great prizes available for winners and runners-up in each. Categories include Best Kept Front Garden, Gardening for Wildlife, Best Kept Commercial Premises and Best Kept Community Planting Scheme. 

There are competitions specifically for young gardeners too, including the Painting Competition and the hotly contested Tallest Sunflower Competition. 

The Mayor of Ards and North Down, Councillor Mark Brooks, said: 

“The In Bloom campaign is always extremely popular with residents, community groups and businesses right across the Borough. The campaign gives people the chance to take some time out and enjoy the many environmental and health benefits gardening has to offer.  

The In Bloom competitions give people the chance to experience the joy of growing flowers and gives residents the platform to help create stunning green spaces within Ards and North Down. I would like to encourage all residents to dig deep, pick up a trowel and enter this year’s In Bloom campaign. I look forward to seeing the budding entries bloom in the weeks and months ahead.”  

The campaign encourages everyone who lives or works in the Borough to think about their local environment and how attractive flowers, plants, trees and gardens can enhance it. By actively supporting this competition, entrants will not only make their garden or business more attractive but they will also contribute to the Borough’s entry to the Translink Ulster in Bloom Competition and other regional awards. 

Applications are welcome from all residents and entry is free. You can even nominate a neighbour’s garden or other local properties that you think deserve recognition! 

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Photographs: Mayor of Ards and North Down, Councillor Mark Brooks is pictured with representatives from the Portaferry In Bloom group, Christopher Duff (Chairperson), Margaret McGreevy, Kerry Shields and Mary Mageean. 

Photographer – Ian Pedlow.