Coleraine has been named as the ‘Best Town’ at the Ulster in Bloom awards.
The annual horticultural competition encourages cities, towns and villages right across Northern Ireland to look their best, boosting civic pride through beautiful plant and floral displays.
Now in its 37th year, the competition attracted 163 entries representing local council areas, community groups, businesses, bus and train stations as well as 9 community champion nominations.
The 2015 Translink Ulster in Bloom Competition category winners are: City – Derry City, Large Town – Omagh, Town – Coleraine, Small Town – Ahoghill, Large Village – Hillsborough, Village – Castlecaulfield, Small Village – Charlestown.
The ‘Most Improved’ title went to Ballynahinch and the ‘Roses in Towns’ award winner is Antrim. Special Award winners are: Oxford Island Nature Reserve and Island Park, Newcastle, in recognition of efforts to support biodiversity along with Edenvilla Secret Garden, Portadown, The Old Inn, Crawfordsburn, and ‘Rue’ bar & restaurant, Main Street, Omagh, for their outstanding plant/floral presentations.
Richard Wallace from Ballynure Residents Group 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.
The Best Station title was won by Great Victoria Street Railway Station, Belfast, and the Community Rail Halt Award went to Whitehead Train Station.
DUP councillor Trevor Clarke praised those involved win the the Coleraine entry.
He said: “I am delighted Coleraine has won ‘Best Town’ award in the 2015 Translink Ulster In Bloom competition. You only have to look around our streets and parks to see this is well-deserved success.
“I want to congratulate Council’s Parks staff for their efforts in making this happen.”