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Blooming marvellous achievements celebrated in MEA

Elizabeth Boyd, Winner of the Best Kept Front Garden at this year's Mid and East Antrim In Bloom Community Competition

From beautiful begonias to wonderful window boxes, the hard work and talents of the borough’s green-fingered residents have been celebrated at the recent ‘Mid and East Antrim In Bloom Community Competition.’

The popular annual competition always attracts huge interest and this year was no exception with record entries as many made the most of lockdown and Covid restrictions to bring out the best in their gardens, allotments and other outdoor areas.

As the Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Councillor Peter Johnston, explained:

“The garden is an amazing source of relaxation and an opportunity to really clear the mind and improve our mental and physical well-being and I am delighted to see many of our residents and businesses get involved in this year’s competition.

“As usual the standard and quality of the submissions has been breathtaking and it is heartening to see so much pride being taken in our local area.

“From immaculate front lawns to colourful containers, gardens for wildlife and allotments full of vegetables, the time and effort spent has ensured our borough has been an explosion of colour and scents throughout the summer.

“I am delighted to be able to say thank you to those who have really gone the extra mile this year.”

Through it’s ‘In Bloom’ Campaign, Mid and East Antrim Council encourages those living and working in the borough to think more about the local environment and the positive effects it can have on people and wildlife.

In addition to making the area more aesthetically attractive for everyone, gardening has been proven to have a positive impact on mental and physical health.

Categories in this year’s competition included: Best Kept Front Garden, Best Kept Front Container Garden, Kept Community Planting Scheme, Best Kept Allotment Garden, Best Kept Commercial Premises, and the Gardening for Wildlife Award.

The full list of winners and runner-ups in each section can be found below:

Best Kept Front Garden

Winner: Elizabeth Boyd, Cullybackey Runner up: Stephen Heron, Broughshane Runner up: Mr & Mrs Lewis, Whitehead Runner up: Anderson Weir, Gracehill Runner up: Elizabeth Holmes, Cullybackey

Best Kept Container Garden

Winner: Chris Hamill, Whitehead Runner up: Mr & Mrs Wilson, Glenarm Runner up: Jenny Hawthorne, Carrickfergus Runner up: Davina Smylie, Cullybackey

Best Kept Community Planting Scheme

Winner: Glenarm in Bloom Runner up: 1 in 3 Garden, Carrickfergus Runner up: Carrickfergus Vineyard Church

Best Kept Allotment Garden

Winner: Janet Kpakra, Greenisland Runner up: Alfie Hamilton, Larne Runner up: Graham Easthope, Carrickfergus

Best Kept Commercial Premises

Winner: Galgorm Resort and Spa, Galgorm Runner up: Galgorm Care Home, Ballymena Runner up: The Cow and Caf, Carrickfergus

Gardening for Wildlife Award

Winner: Deirdre Mulvenna, Ballygally Runner up: Charles Sheils Charity, Carrickfergus Runner up: Sean McKeown, Newtowncrommelin


Gardening for Wildlife Award - Winner Deirdre Mulvenna

Gardening for Wildlife - Runner Up - Shiels Houses Carrick Fergus

Gardening for Wildlife - Runner Up - Sean McKeown

Best Kept Front Garden - Runner Up - Anderson Weir

Best Kept Front Garden - Runner Up - Marguerit and Brian Lewis

Best Kept Front Garden - Runner Up - Elizabeth Holmes

Best Kept Front Garden - runner up - Stephen Heron

Best Kept Front Container Garden- Francis Wilson pictured

Best Kept Front Container Garden - Winner - Chris Hamill

Best Kept Front Container Garden - Runner Up - Jenny Hawthorne

Best Kept Front Container Garden - Runner up - Davina Smylie

Best Kept Community Planting Scheme runner up 1 in 3 Carrick

Best Kept Community Planting Scheme - Winner Glenarm in Bloom

Best Kept Community Planting Scheme - Runner Up - Carrickfergus Vineyard Church

Best Kept Commercial - Winner Galgorm Resort & Spa, gardeners Scott Harris, Nicky Blair and Daniel Coombes

Best Kept Commercial - Runner up -The Cow and Caf- 3 generations of one family

Best Kept Commercial - Runner Up - Galgorm Nursing Home - L-R Lisa Hickson, Edna Ramsey Resident, Sinead Devine and Stacy Foster

Best Kept Allotment - Winner - Janet Kpakra with her friend Trish Beattie

Best Kept Allotment - Runner Up - Graeme Easthope

Best Kept Allotement Garden - Runner up Alfie Hamilton