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Council’s Blooming marvellous floral displays honoured in Cultra

29 March 2022
Derry City and Strabane District Council’s Grounds Maintenance and Streetscape teams have been recognised for the stunning plant and floral displays that adorn the city at the Translink Ulster in Bloom Awards.
The teams retained their Best Large Town / City category title at the environmental, community and horticultural awards which were hosted this year in Cultra Manor in County Down.
Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Alderman Graham Warke, said the reward was just desserts for the teams’ dedicated work during the Covid 19 pandemic.
“Sincere congratulations to our Environment team for this well-deserved recognition for the work they do on a daily basis to make sure our city is always looking its best,” he said.
“I travel around our Council area every day and I have been able to see first-hand the beautifully presented and maintained floral displays which provide a bright and welcoming backdrop.
“A lot of this work is unseen so I am delighted the teams have been recognised for their dedication and pride in the work which they have demonstrated throughout the challenges of the last two years.”
Translink Chairman, Dr Michael Wardlow, added:  “Translink is proud to continue its support of Ulster in Bloom which illustrates the wonderful community spirit that exists in cities, towns and villages across Northern Ireland.
“As Northern Ireland’s public transport provider, servicing communities large and small, it’s fantastic to see the time and dedication of volunteers, council workers and local groups being recognised and celebrated.
“At Translink we’re also playing a part in making the world we live in a cleaner, greener place to enjoy, so it’s great to see sustainability and biodiversity such a major element in the work of this year’s winners. On behalf of Translink, I’d like to congratulate all our Ulster in Bloom Champions and I look forward to watching next year’s entries blossom in the coming months.”
The Translink Ulster in Bloom Competition is co-ordinated by the Northern Ireland local Government Association (NILGA). Cllr Frances Burton, Vice President, Northern Ireland Local Government Association, said: “As NILGA’s President, I’m delighted to be with you all today.  I must initially express our appreciation and congratulations to everyone who participates and contributes to the Translink Ulster in Bloom Competition.
"As your Local Government Association, NILGA represents, promotes, sustains and improves local government on behalf of all councils and the competition helps us, as NILGA, councils and councillors, to focus on improving the quality of life for citizens right across the region, while also enhancing our cities, towns and villages.
“For everyone involved, Translink Ulster in Bloom celebrates the successes that can be achieved when we all come together to take pride in the places where we live and work, and together, create a better environment for everyone to enjoy”.
If you’re interested in getting involved in the Translink Ulster in Bloom 2022 Competition contact NILGA on (0)28 9079 8972 or email [email protected]