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Bloomin’ lovely! Best and beautiful announced in MEA ‘In Bloom’ Community Competition

Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Alderman Noel Williams, has announced the winners and runners-up in the Mid and East Antrim ‘In Bloom’ Community Competition general categories which are Best Kept Front Garden, Best Kept Front Container Garden, Best Kept Community Planting, Best Kept Allotment Garden, Best Kept Commercial Premises, and the Gardening for Wildlife Award.

Ald Williams said:

"Through Councils ‘In Bloom’ campaign we encourage everyone in the Borough to think about their local environment and how flowers, plants and gardens can enhance it for people and wildlife. By actively supporting our ‘In Bloom’ campaign and competitions, residents not only make their garden, school or business more attractive but can boost tourism and the economy in their local areas.

“I have been really impressed with the quality of entrants to the competition this year from all across the Borough. It has been an opportunity for me to see the variety of horticultural talent we have here. 

“Well done everyone and please keep up the great work.”

The 2022 Mid and East Antrim ‘In Bloom’ Community Competition winners and runners-up are as follows:

Best Kept Front Garden

Winner: Craig Holmes, Cullybackey

Runner up: Brett Harris, Larne

Runner up: Caroline Harkness, Carrickfergus

Runner up: John Anderson Weir, Gracehill

Runner up: Elizabeth Boyd, Cullybackey

Best Kept Front Container Garden

Winner: Ruth and Jim Wasson, Carrickfergus

Runner up: Jenny Hawthorne, Eden

Runner up: Davina Smylie, Cullybackey

Best Allotment Garden

Winner: Debbie McFall, Larne Allotment Gardens

Runner up: Luba Tarane, Greenisland Allotment Gardens

Runner up: Sharon Thoburn, Eden Allotment Gardens

Best Community Planting Scheme

Winner: Island Community Garden, Islandmagee

Runner up: Charles Sheils Community, Carrickfergus

Runner up: IncrEDIBLE Garden Community Action Project, Larne

Runner up: Brighter Whitehead, Whitehead

Best Commercial Premises

Winner: Steady Eddie, Larne

Runner up: Ballycairn House, Ballygally

Runner up: Hairtopia, Whitehead

Gardening for Wildlife Award

Winner: Nancy McKeown, Greenisland

Runner up: Christine Harper, Carrickfergus

Runner up: Sharon Thoburn, Eden Allotments.


The categories ‘Best Kept Front Garden’, ‘Best Kept Front Container Garden’, ‘Best Kept Commercial Premises’ and the ‘Gardening for Wildlife Award’ 2022 are sponsored by Ben Vista Garden Centre, Ballymena.

Abbi Mc Mullan, Benvista Garden Centre commented:

"We are delighted to be able to sponsor these events in our local community. Helping to encourage all generations to get out and into their gardens, to avail of the many health and mental health benefits.

"Well done to all the winners, and the runner ups on all their hard work. Keep Gardening!”

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