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Drumtara volunteers muck in to help make Ballymena blooming beautiful

Shauna Loughran

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Shauna Loughran

VOLUNTEERS of all ages have been mucking in order to help make Ballymena blooming beautiful as part of the Britain in Bloom campaign.

Hundreds of containers and hanging baskets were planted out by hand as amateur and expert gardeners came together to help make Drumtara an example of floral excellence this summer.

Mayor of Mid and East Antrim Borough, Councillor Lindsay Millar, said: “I am delighted to see so many people getting involved in activities such as this to help improve their local area.

“I am looking forward to the Britain in Bloom judges arriving in Ballymena and our opportunity to showcase the wonderful borough.”

Thomas and John from Seven Towers Community Association, said: “We were really pleased with the turnout at our Community Plant Out event, where everyone was invited along to plant up a pot or hanging basket to brighten their gardens.

“We hope this will make Drumtara a more colourful place to live.

“We are looking forward to welcoming the judges to Drumtara and to the Berries and Blooms Allotment Garden.

“Thanks to the great weather we’ve been having all the fruit, veg and flowers in the allotment are looking their best.”

Stephen Gamble, Northern Ireland Housing Executive, said: “Many thanks to Mid and East Antrim Borough Council for supplying all the planting materials – a colourful array of flowers, hanging baskets, pots and window boxes.

“A very enjoyable morning was had by all and a real show of community spirit. I am sure the RHS judges will be impressed when they arrive in August!”

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