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Castlecaulfield conquers Canada to Bloom again!.

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Castlecaulfield conquers Canada to Bloom again!. thumbnailThe Castlecaulfield representatives proudly pictured with their award after winning the International Communities In Bloom competition in Canada.

Castlecaulfield has won an international award at the 2017 Communities In Bloom competition in Canada at the weekend.

The County Tyrone village's Horticultural Society, is already a winner of both the Ulster in Bloom and Britain in Bloom titles.

The history-making village was competing in the 'International Challenge' category against four other short listed communities, including the Listowel Tidy Town Group in County Ker ry.

Communities are evaluated using a "Bloom" rating determined by the total score of the evaluation. Castlecaulfield received five Blooms - silver rating and a special mention for Bio-Diverse Forest during the 2017 National International Symposium and Awards Ceremonies in Ottawa-Gatineau. And Castlecaulfield also received an Outstanding Achievement Award for the Ball International Floral Displays Award.

A panel of international judges visited Castlecaulfield in the Summer, assessing tidiness, environmental action, heritage conservation, landscape and floral displays, as well as the level of community involvement and partnerships which are an essential element of the awards.

Following their evaluation, volunteer judges Roger Younker and Mauro Franco Paradisi wrote: "The Horticultural Society, the group responsible for Communities in Bloom in Castlecaulfield, describes itself as an org anisation representing various ages from five to eighty-eight years young. Their goal: to keep the village clean, keep the village tidy, and promote loving the space you live in.

"In the end it is the residents of Castlecaulfield that shine through. They volunteer without any agenda other than to promote sustainable growth in the community and along the way make it a better place to work, to play and to visit. That is why the community was awarded the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service in June of this year at Buckingham Palace. The award is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the United Kingdom to recognize outstanding work done in their own communities." Speaking after news of the win, Chair of Mid-Ulster District Council, Councillor Kim Ashton, told the Courier: "This is an absolutely huge achievement for Castlecaulfield and I am so delighted for everyone involved.

"The whole village contributes to the planning, the planting, the watering, the maintenance which really is a 24 hour, seven days a week operation.

"There's a real joy in what in they do and this latest award is testament to the community spirit and civic pride which Castlecaulfield has.

"They are incredible ambassadors for Mid-Ulster and I'm looking forward to welcoming home the delegation from Canada." Ulster Unionist Rosemary Barton MLA has also congratulated Castlecaulfield Horticultural Society following their victory.

Mrs Barton told the Courier: "Once again Castlecaulfield Horticultural Society have excelled and done Northern Ireland proud on this world stage.

They have demonstrated that hard work, dedication and attention to detail pays off. A huge congratulations to everyone in the village that was involved in the planning and preparation for this competition and contributed towards this wonderful achievement.

"I would urge anyone who has not visited Castlecaulfield to do so and see the beautiful displays.

"I wish the Society every success going forward." DUP Councillor Frances Burton added: "I would like to extend my congratulations to all the hard working volunteers in Castlecaulfield Horticultural Society, who are truly a delight to work alongside and encourage as they go from strength to strength.

"Speaking as a Councillor in Mid-Ulster, as a district we are so fortunate to have such a dedicated group of people who want to bring out the best in their local area, enhancing the village and encouraging everyone to get involved to have the village looking its absolute best.

"This is truly a wonderful achievement for the hard working Horticultural Society, who also organise a wonderful show in the village in August each year which brings lots more visitors to the area.

"The Council staff should also be commended for assisting and working alongside the group, encouraging them in all they do in the area to assist the improvements to the local environment.

"It is absolutely a credit to them all that their hard work and dedication to detail has paid off in such a way.

They have brought such joy and sense of pride to the local area."

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