Castlecaulfield has hosted two Britain In Bloom judges on a visit to assess the village’s planting and floral displays for the 2016 competition.
On a tour of the village, which qualifies for the UK-wide competition after taking the top spot in its category in the Ulster In Bloom awards, the judges saw the full range of floral displays and met many of the volunteers who spend countless hours, planting, pruning, nurturing and watering the flowers and shrubs which run the length and breadth of Castlecaulfield.
Bernie Mckenna, Chairperson of Castlecaulfield Horticultural Society, who welcomed the judges to the village, said:
“It was a massive privilege to welcome such esteemed judges to Castlecaulfield last week. We had an absolutely fantastic day and there was a great buzz of excitement in the air throughout the entire village. We feel that the village definitely put its best foot forward and has never looked as well!
“Castlecaulfield Horticultural Society would like to thank the staff from Mid Ulster District Council and the local community for all their hard work in getting the village to the impeccable state it is in today, it has been a joint effort from the beginning and it has definitely paid off now.”
Also there to meet the judges was Councillor Clement Cuthbertson, Chair of the Environment Committee, Mid Ulster District Council:
“The entire village of Castlecaulfield looks amazing and the judges could not fail to have been impressed, not just with the displays themselves, but with the very clear commitment of so many people in the village who contribute to the huge horticultural effort.
“The village is a shining example of community spirit in action and everyone should be very proud of all they have achieved”.
Britain In Bloom is an annual horticultural competition which encourages cities, towns and villages to look their best and boost civic pride through beautiful plant and floral displays.