Royal Horticultural Society Judges come to Cullybackey

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Royal Horticultural Society Judges come to Cullybackey thumbnailMembers of the Cullybackey Community Partnership L R Elizabeth Boyd, Patrick Fisher, Bertie McNeilly, Margaret Murphy and Ruth Orr are pictured with local artist Mary Cochrane. GB31CCP Bloom

THE quest to find cleanest, greenest and most beautiful places in the UK in 2017 is underway.
From Aberdeen in Scotland down to St Helier in Jersey, Ballymena in Bloom is one of 78 finalists vying to win a Gold award in this year's Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) national Britain in Bloom competition.
On August 12, Cullybackey will be visited by the RHS judges.
Cullybackey is competing in the large village category in the quintessentially British competition with hopes of being recognised as one of the cleanest, greenest and most beautiful places in the UK.
The Cullybackey Community Partnership will be looking to impress the judges by showing them the very best of community horticulture and leading the judges on a tour of the village taking in areas including private residences and businesses, Shellinghill Park and Millennium Walk along the Maine River.
Cullybackey will be assessed across three key criteria: horticultural achievement, community participation and environmental responsibility.
The Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Cllr Paul Reid said: "The Cullybackey Community Partnership volunteers have given up so much of their time to plant wonderful floral and wildflower displays, install bird boxes, litter pick, remove weeds and 'green the grey' by brightening up forgotten corners. The village looks wonderful and it is a real credit to all involved. I have no doubt Cullybackey will do well on judging day."
*Read the full story in this week's Ballymena Guardian.


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