The villages of Castlecaulfield and Donaghmore had much to celebrate last week when they received their official awards at the Translink Ulster In Bloom Awards presentation.
Castlecaulfield took first place in the village category and Donaghmore was named runner-up in the same group, in the annual horticultural competition which encourages cities, towns and villages to look their best and boost civic pride through beautiful plant and floral displays.
The Chair of Mid Ulster District Council, Councillor Trevor Wilson has congratulated both villages on their great success. “The success awarded to Mid Ulster in the 2016 Ulster in Bloom competition is an incredible achievement. To have two villages in our area take first and second place in the ‘Village’ category is certainly something to be proud of.
“This fantastic result is a testament to the hard work and commitment of all those involved from council staff to local communities who dedicate so much time to making both villages look so impressive. The hard work has definitely paid-off! A heart-felt congratulations to all involved.”
Speaking at the results announcement ceremony, Translink Chairman, Frank Hewitt, said:
“Congratulations to all the Translink Ulster In Bloom champions! As we approach the 40th anniversary year, it’s wonderful to see the competition’s continued appeal with 156 entries covering all 11 council areas.
“Like Translink, Ulster in Bloom connects people in local communities right across Northern Ireland and aims to make local villages, towns and cities more attractive places to live and visit, boosting civic pride. Both are committed to supporting a more sustainable and prosperous society that respects the local environment.
“We look forward to welcoming all our champions back to defend their titles when we launch the 2017 competition during Bus + Train Week, 5 – 11 June,” said Frank.
The Translink Ulster in Bloom Competition is co-ordinated by the Northern Ireland local Government Association (NILGA).