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Belfast in Bloom

All you need is a garden, window sill or front door. Cheer up forgotten flower beds, arrange a simple window box, or take part in a larger regeneration project.

We want to create a warm and friendly welcome to everyone who works, visits and lives in Belfast.

Belfast in Bloom Competition 2019

Our Belfast in Bloom competition was open to individuals, groups and commercial premises. In 2019 we added a 'best kept school garden' prize with four individual categories awarded for schools in the north, south, east and west of the city.

Award winners

Individual category

•Best front garden east Belfast: Rita Weir
•Best front garden west Belfast: Patricia McDermott
•Best front garden north Belfast: Matt McCarthy
•Runner up:  Liam Friel
•Best front garden south Belfast: Ken Orr
•Runner up:  Thomas Graham

•Best hanging basket east Belfast: Glen Davidson
•Runner up: Maureen Lennon
•Best hanging basket west Belfast: Ivan McAllister
•Best hanging basket north Belfast: Matt McCarthy
•Runner up: Mr JD McCall
•Best hanging basket south Belfast: Arthur Bowman
•Runner up: Rodger Montgomery

•Best window box east Belfast: Christine Mackey
•Runner up:  Heather Johnston
•Best window box west Belfast: Philip Adams
•Best window box north Belfast - Beth McGrath
•Best window box south Belfast: Fionnula Maguire
•Runner up: William Rennie

Allotment category
•Best allotment site: Blythefield allotments
•Runner up: Belvoir allotments

Commercial category
•Best hotel: Europa Hotel
•Best public house: Duke of York
•Runner up:  The Harp Bar
•Best restaurant - Granny Annies
•Runner up:  Biddy Farrelly’s
•Best commercial premises - Memento Floral Design
•Runner up: The Dark Horse

Schools category

•Best kept school garden in east Belfast: Strandtown Primary School
•Best kept school garden in west Belfast: St Oliver Plunkett Primary School

Community category

•Best Community Achiever Award: Marie McKee
•Best community group: Belvoir
•Best community garden: Musgrave
•Runner up: The Secret Garden

Best Overall Achiever Award:

•Ardoyne Community Association (Oasis project)

The Isobel Bennett Award

•Matt McCarthy

Belfast in Bloom 2018 gallery

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Belfast in Bloom

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