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Castlecaulfield takes Ulster in Bloom title again.

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Castlecaulfield takes Ulster in Bloom title again. thumbnailCelebrating success at the Translink Ulster in Bloom 2017 Awards where the announcement was made that Bob McClure of Castlecaulfield Horticultural Society won the Ulsterbus Tours Community Champion Award

THE 2017 Translink Ulster in Bloom Competition winners were announced on Thursday, with Castlecaulfield claiming yet another award, after their recent win in Canada.

The annual horticultural competition encourages cities, towns and villages right across Northern Ireland to look their best, boosting civic pride through beautiful, floral displays. The competition, now in its 39th year, had 160 entries, with participation from all 11 local councils.

The winner of the Village category was Castlecaulfield, followed by Donaghmore in 2nd place, both of which are Mid-Ulster Council. In addition to this Castlecaulfield was also named a Special Award winner, in recognition of their efforts to support biodiversity.

Bob McClure from Castlecaulfield Horticultural Society is the winner of the 'Ulsterbus Tours Community Champion Award' in recognition of the lasting and positive difference he has made to his local area by embracing the 'Ulster in Bloom' ethos.

Northern Ireland has also now secured 8 entries going forward to the National RHS Britain in Bloom Competition 2017*.

Speaking at the results announcement ceremony, Translink Chairman, Frank Hewitt, said: "Congratulations to all the 2017 Translink Ulster in Bloom winners and runners-up! It's been a highly competitive year with such an impressive standard of entries and we've seen a number of new locations reach the top spots.

"We 'd like to thank all the local councils, businesses and community groups who invest their time, effort and expertise throughout the year to make their area a more attractive place to live and visit.

"We 're also pleased to announce these results during European Mobility Week which encourages more people to choose sustainable travel. The event's theme this year is 'Sharing gets you further' which also reflects the ethos of Ulster in Bloom which is very much about teamwork to achieve such outstanding results.

"At Translink, we continue to work hard to transform public transport to support the growth and prosperity of villages, towns and cities across Northern Ireland. We're delighted to bring the Results Announcement to Derry~Londonderry - the winner of the Translink Ulster in Bloom City Award - where we have recently launched our new Foyle Metro bus service featuring an attractive new fleet and improved timetable.

"We remain committed to working closely with our stakeholders in government, business and the community to deliver infrastructure development, product innovation and sustained vehicle investment to benefit our customers right across Northern Ireland," said Frank.

The Translink Ulster in Bloom Competition is co-ordinated by the Northern Ireland local Government Association (NILGA).

Alderman Freda Donnelly, Vice President, Northern Ireland Local Government Association, said: "As Vice President of NILGA, it is my pleasure to convey the Association's admiration, encouragement and congratulations to everyone who has participated and contributed to the 2017 Translink Ulster in Bloom Competition.

The competition celebrates the successes that can be achieved when councils, "Bloom" committees, residents and businesses, come together to take pride in the places where they live and work, creating a better environment for everyone to live in and share.

With the ongoing partnership support of the councils and our sponsors Translink, NILGA is committed to building on the culture of the competition and growing it into the future, harnessing the opportunities provided through council community planning powers. People in local places can really influence local decisions, which is great for democracy and great for Northern Ireland," said Alderman Donnelly.

Ulster Unionist Assembly member for Fermanagh & South Tyrone, Rosemary Barton MLA has congratulated CHS on its latest success in Ulster in Bloom for 2017.

Mrs Barton said: "It seems that Castlecaulfield Horticultural Society continue to gain more awards and this latest award, adds to a growing list of achievements which have been achieved this year.

"The society are only back from winning International Communities in Bloom in Canada and also won Britain in Bloom and this further award is recognition of all the hard work carried out by its volunteers throughout the year.

"Whilst, I do not wish to single out one individual but Robert McClure has been awarded Community Champion which is richly deserved and a great inspiration to everyone. He leads by example and is seen working day and night to ensure the village is looking its best."

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