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Date: 20 May 2021
It’s that time of year when our gardens, window boxes or hanging baskets will be blooming beautiful. Just in time then to enter this year’s ‘Belfast in Bloom’ competition to celebrate the fine work of budding gardeners across the city.
The popular competition, which has been running for over 25 years, is now open to local residents, community groups, businesses/commercial premises and local schools.
There are five categories - individual, community, allotment, commercial and school awards.
Residents can enter for ‘Best Hanging Basket’, ‘Best Window Box’ and ‘Best Front Garden’. Community groups/organisations can enter for ‘Best Community Street’, ‘Best Community Group’ and ‘Best Community Garden’.
Businesses in the city can enter the commercial category for ‘Best Hotel’, ‘Best Public House’, ‘Best Restaurant’, ‘Best Commercial Street’ and ‘Best Commercial Premises’. While local schools can enter for ‘Best Kept School Garden’ in the north, south, east and west of the city.
There is also an Allotment category for ‘Best Individual Allotment’ and ‘Best Allotment Site’ in Belfast.
The competition is free to enter with the closing date for the school awards’ category on Friday 18 June and the closing date for all other categories on Friday 30 July, with judging taking place during August.
Launching the competition in Botanic Gardens, Lord Mayor, Alderman Frank McCoubrey, said: “Belfast in Bloom has been running for over 25 years and continues to be really popular with local residents, community groups and businesses.
“With more and more people finding contentment in tending to their gardens or outside spaces, particularly over the last year, by adding a simple splash of colour and cheering up hanging baskets or window boxes in homes or flowerbeds in streets, we hope that there will more even more entrants to the competition this year.
“Belfast will definitely be looking even brighter and beautiful with the benefits of the competition rippling through the city from street to street.”
The competition didn’t take place last year due to the pandemic but 2019’s awards’ winners included Belvoir winning Best Community Group Award, Blythefield Allotments winning Best Allotment Site, the Europa - Best Hotel, Duke of York - Best Public House and Grannie Annies securing Best Restaurant Award. Local schools’ St Oliver Plunkett Primary School and Strandtown Primary School picked up Best Kept School Garden Awards.
More information on the competition and entering the different categories is available on the council website at www.belfastcity.gov.uk/belfastinbloom