The green gauntlet has been thrown down with the launch of Mid and East Antrim Council’s ‘In Bloom’ campaign and community competitions.
And it has been picked up by among others Silverstream Primary School’s Gardening Club. The Greenisland pupils received sunflower seeds as part of a borough-wide distribution of 5,000 free packets to schools.
Under the legacy Carrickfergus Council, Carrickfergus in Bloom was among the most popular challenges on the events calendar.
The Mayor, Councillor Billy Ashe said that MEA’s campaign is an opportunity to make the borough bloom even more this year.
He commented: “We can all help and take part by filling a hanging basket, planting a tree or just keeping the garden tidy - there is something for everyone to do to ensure our borough looks its best. Applications are welcome from all residents of the borough and competition entry is free of charge. Why not consider nominating a neighbour’s garden and other properties that you think are attractive and deserve recognition?”
There are 10 community competitions with prizes for winners and runners-up in each. The general categories range from Best Kept Garden to Best Kept Allotment. There are four competitions for young horticulturists too: Painting, Poetry, Best School Gardening Project and Tallest Sunflower Competition.
Entries for categories one to six must be received by July 20, for category seven by September 1 and for categories eight to 10 by September 30.