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Derry is blooming marvellous once again!

19 September 2019

News that Derry has once again secured the City/Large Town category in the annual Ulster In Bloom competition has been welcomed by the Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Cllr Michaela Boyle.

Praising all those involved in helping the city retain the prestigious horticultural crown, the Mayor said the city was truly deserving of the award and extended her thanks to the Council’s grounds maintenance and cleansing teams who have spent months working to make the city bloom.

She said she was delighted that the efforts of everyone involved had been rewarded by the Ulster in Bloom judges.

“This is brilliant news and I am really and truly delighted. I have remarked on so many occasions how gorgeous the place looks, the floral displays around the Peace Bridge area and all along the Quay and the roundabouts at King Street and Harbour Square, as well as Brooke Park are phenomenal. Well done to everyone involved you really deserve this award, “ she said.

The Mayor added that the city and district’s participation in the Ulster in Bloom awards was important in terms of boosting morale and encouraging a sense of pride across the region.

“Derry is a great city with great people and we should be extremely proud of this latest achievement. It is up to all of us to do our bit to keep it clean and tidy and help in whatever way we can to ensure it continues to bloom and secure top awards!”

The Mayor also extended her congratulations to the management and staff at the local Translink bus station in Foyle Street Derry, for securing third place in the Floral Station competition.

The Ulster in Bloom competition, now in its 41st year, attracts entries from Councils, local businesses and community organisations across the region.

Derry is also participating in the National RHS Britain in Bloom 2019 competition that is taking place in London later this year, alongside entries from Antrim, Castlecaulfield, Cullbackey, Donaghmore and Randalstown.

Ulster in Bloom is administered, supported and coordinated by NILGA, the Northern Ireland Local Government Association and the competition is generously funded by Translink.