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Blooming success for residents, community groups and schools at this year’s Belfast in Bloom Awards

20 Nov 2019

Local residents, community groups, schools and commercial premises are enjoying the sweet smell of success, after being announced winners of this year’s ‘Belfast in Bloom’ Awards.

Running for over 20 years, the popular awards are hosted by Belfast City Council with a special ceremony taking place in Belfast Castle recently for the winners.

This year, residents could enter the individual awards’ categories for ‘Best Hanging Basket’, ‘Best Window Box’ and ‘Best Front Garden’ while community groups/organisations could enter for ‘Best Community Group’ and ‘Best Community Garden’.

Businesses enter the commercial category for ‘Best Hotel’, ‘Best Public House’, ‘Best Restaurant’ and ‘Best Commercial Premises’. While local schools could enter for ‘Best Kept School Garden’. There was also a category for ‘Best Individual Allotment’ and ‘Best Allotment Site’ in Belfast.

Belvoir took home the Best Community Group Award while Musgrave Park scooped the Best Community Garden Award. Blythefield Allotments won the Best Allotment Site Award. The Best Overall Achiever Award was scooped by Ardoyne Community Association for their work in the development of the Oasis project.

The Europa was crowned Best Hotel and the Duke of York Best Public House. Granny Annies secured the Best Restaurant Award and Memento won the Best Commercial Premises Award. The Best Commercial Achiever Award went also to the Duke of York.

Local schools’ St Oliver Plunkett Primary School and Strandtown Primary School picked up Best Kept School Garden Awards. The Isobel Bennett Award was won by Matt McCarthy while the Best Community Achiever Award was scooped by Maire McKee.

Congratulating the winners, Councillor Michael Collins, Chair of Belfast City Council’s People and Communities Committee, said: “The Belfast in Bloom Awards has been going strong for over 20 years now and continues to grow in popularity. I want to congratulate all the winners and those who entered the competition this year for their great efforts in making Belfast brighter and more beautiful.”

Full awards results will be published at

Blake and Dexter Harris from Strandtown Primary School were among the celebrants at this year’s Belfast in Bloom Awards with their school picking up the award for Best Kept School Garden in the east of the city