|Bill Pollock, winner of the Ulsterbus Tours Community Champion award 2016|
Monday, 19 September 2016
Sunday, 18 September 2016
Some of our Mid and East Antrim In Bloom Competitions for young people are still open. There are great prizes to be won and winners and runners up will be invited to an awards ceremony in October.
The Competitions still open are:
Painting Competition (10 & under)
Painting Competition (16 & under)
Paintings on the theme ‘Mid and East Antrim in bloom’
Poetry on the theme ‘Mid and East Antrim in bloom’
Entries must be received by 30th September 2016.
Please post to the address below and please make sure an application form is attached to the back of the painting or poem detailing name, address and contact details:
Mid and East Antrim in Bloom
11 Antrim Street
Saturday, 17 September 2016
Karen Healy from Northern Ireland Bat Group pictured with staff members Lisa Haggan, Irene Black & Sarah Lennox. Council staff were given the chance to learn about bats and best practice guidelines for assessing planning applications for bat potential as bats and their roosts are legally protected throughout UK & Ireland. Participants also gained general information on bats, bats and the law, bat roosts in buildings/trees/bridges/derelict structures and the impact of wind turbines on our bat populations.
There are eight bat species in Northern Ireland and all are legally protected. To find out more about biodiversity in the Borough please click here
Thursday, 15 September 2016
The Mayor of Mid and East Antrim Borough Council, Cllr Audrey Wales, has announced the winner and runners-up of the Mid and East Antrim In Bloom Tallest Sunflower Competition.
Cllr Wales said “The winner is James Brown Kerr, aged 7, from Cullybackey, whose sunflower grew a mighty 3 metres. Runners-up are Laura Stewart, aged 12, from Ahoghill, with a blooming 2metre 85cm sunflower, and Noah McTeggart-Hughes, age 4, from Ballycarry, who grew an impressive 2metre 70cm sunflower.”
Cllr Wales commended the effort made, saying “After months of tender loving care by these young gardeners it’s great to see the end results. The time and dedication many entrants spend on tending their sunflowers is extraordinary and is a credit to them.”
|Mayor of Mid & East Antrim pictured with James Brown Kerr, age 7, from Cullybackey|
Cllr Wales continued “I would like to remind all the young people in the Borough that there is still a chance to enter the Mid and East Antrim In Bloom Painting and Poetry competitions. Why not paint a picture of your garden or favourite flower or write a poem about ‘Mid and East Antrim In Bloom’?”
The Young People's painting and poetry competitions remain open until 30th September. Application forms are available at www.midandeastantrim.gov.uk/inbloom
Wednesday, 14 September 2016
The Wild About Food: Bread Making workshop was held on Sunday 11th September at Andrew Jackson Cottage Carrickfergus
Participants were able to learn traditional bread making skills such as drop scones, soda bread and fruit pancakes. The ‘Wild About Food’ project is Mid and East Antrim Borough Council’s contribution to Northern Ireland's Year of Food and Drink 2016 which is a celebration of everything delicious about Northern Ireland. The ‘Wild About Food’ project has been running since May 2016 in collaboration with Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council and is funded by Heritage Lottery Fund.
The next Wild About Food event is ‘Apple Day’ a celebration of the community orchard at Diamond Jubilee Wood, Whitehead on Saturday 22nd October, 11am-2pm.
Tuesday, 13 September 2016
The Friends of Bashfordsland Wood & Oakfield Glen carried out important pond maintenance this month including removing invasive species.
The group meets on the second Saturday of each month at Oakfield Community Centre at 10am (to 1pm).
The next task day is Saturday 8th October 2016.
If you are interested in getting outdoors, meeting new people and learning a new skill, the ‘Friends of’ group could be for you. For more information T: 028 9335 8231 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, 8 September 2016
The Mayor has visited the award winning Green Flag parks and open spaces in the Borough to meet the staff who work on site. The Mayor thanked staff for their hard work which enables Council to reach this excellent standard by keeping the sites clean, safe and welcoming, protecting and promoting biodiversity and engaging the community in Parks and Open Spaces initiatives and events.
Three new sites were put forward for Green Flag consideration this year – Carnfunnock Country Park, Larne; Ecos Nature Park, Ballymena and Eden Allotment Gardens, Carrickfergus and all three sites received the coveted Green Flag Award.
Council received four Green Flag Awards last year – for Bashfordsland Wood & Oakfield Glen, Carrickfergus; Diamond Jubilee Wood, Whitehead; Dixon Park, Larne and People’s Park, Ballymena (also pictured below) – and are very pleased to have been awarded the Green Flag Award for these four sites again this year thanks to Council's Parks and Open Spaces staff keeping up the high standards.
The Green Flag Award has been running for many years and has become the recognized benchmark national standard for high quality parks and green spaces. Green Flag Award applications are judged against eight key criteria which are; A welcoming place, Healthy, safe and secure, Clean and well maintained, Sustainability, Conservation and heritage, Community involvement, Marketing and Management.
|Mayor meets staff at Eden Allotment Gardens, Carrickfergus|
|Mayor meets staff at People's Park, Ballymena|
Wednesday, 7 September 2016
The Mayor of Mid and East Antrim Borough, Councillor Audrey Wales MBE, has announced the winners and runners-up in the Mid and East Antrim In Bloom Best Kept Competitions.
Cllr Wales said: "I am delighted to announce the Mid and East Antrim In Bloom Community Competition winners and runners-up.We have been really impressed with the quality and diversity of the entries to the competition this year. It has been an opportunity for me to see the wealth and variety of horticultural talent we have in our Borough.The quality of the entries this year has been impressive, the time and dedication many entrants spend in their gardens is a credit to them. Deciding on the winners is difficult and the marks can be very close, all who took part should be proud of their achievements."
Winners and runners-up will be invited to the Mid and East Antrim In Bloom awards ceremony in October to receive their certificates and prizes. A full list of all our winners will soon be available online at www.midandeastantrim.gov.uk/inbloom
Best Kept Front Garden
Winner: Robin & Florence Balmer, Cullybackey
Runner-Up: Louis Hamilton, Larne
Runner-Up: Elizabeth Boyd, Cullybackey
Runner-Up: Maurice Langley, Carrickfergus
|Mayor with Best Kept Front Garden winners Robin and Florence Balmer from Cullybackey|
Best Kept Front Container Garden
Winner: Philomena Corey, Carrickfergus
Runner-Up: Patsy Abram, Glenarm
Runner-Up: Arthur & Libby Page, Whitehead
Runner-Up: Annette Keith, Carrickfergus
|Mayor with Best Kept Front Container Garden winner Philomena Corey from Carrickfergus|
Best Kept Community Planting Scheme
Winner: Ahoghill Patchwork Group, Ahoghill
Runner-Up: Dixon Park Residents Association, Larne
Runner-Up: Mill Brae Bloom, Larne
|Best Kept Community Planting Scheme winner Ahoghill Patchwork Group|
Best Kept Allotment Garden
Winner: Alan Rice, Larne
Runner-Up: Maggi Watson, Greenisland
Runner-Up: Robert McComb, Carrickfergus
|Best Kept Allotment Garden winner Alan Rice from Larne|
Best Kept Commercial Premises
Winner: Willow Beauty, Ballymena
Runner-Up: Hillcrest Self Catering Cottage, Carrickfergus
Runner-Up: Hairtopia, Whitehead
|Best Kept Commercial Premises winner Willow Beauty, Ballymena|
|Best Kept Commercial Premises runner up Hillcrest Self Catering Cottage, Carrickfergus|
Gardening for Wildlife Award
Winner: Phil Allen, Carrickfergus
Runner-Up: Nicholas Davis, Magheramorne
Runner-Up: Ben Palmer, Greenisland
|Gardening for Wildlife Award winner Phil Allen from Carrickfergus|