Best Kept Garden WinnerBest Kept Community Planting SchemeBest Kept Community Planting Scheme2016 Competition Winners

Best Kept Garden
Winner: Robin & Florence Balmer, Cullybacky
Runner-Up: Louis Hamilton, Larne
Runner-Up: Elizabeth Boyd, Cullybacky
Runner-Up: Maurice Langley, Carrickfergus

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

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 Allotment
Winner: Alan Rice, Larne
Runner-Up: Maggi Watson, Greenisland
Runner-Up: Robert McComb, Carrickfergus

Best Commercial Premises
Winner: Willow Beauty, Ballymena
Runner-Up: Hillcrest Self Catering Cottage, Carrickfergus
Runner-Up: Hairtopia, Whitehead

Gardening for Wildlife Award
Winner: Phil Allen, Carrickfergus
Runner-Up: Nicholas Davis, Magheramorne
Runner-Up: Ben Palmer, Greenisland

Tallest Sunflower Competition
Winner: James Brown Kerr, from Cullybackey
Runner-up: Laura Stewart, from Ahoghill
 Runner-up: Noah McTeggart-Hughes, from Ballycarry

Children's Painting Competition 16 and under (view all paintings)
Winner: Ola Myrcha from Ballymena
Runner-up: Finlay Schmidt from Carrickfergus
Runner-up: Molly Cranston from Ballee

Children's Painting Competition 10 and under (view all paintings)
Winner: Anya Laughlin from Ballycarry
Runner-up: Zara Compton from Clough
Runner-up: Joshua Neville from Carrickfergus

Poetry Competition
Winner: Robbie Morrow from Ballycarry
Runner-up: Rhianna Taylo from Larne
Runner-up: Caitlin O’Hara Murray from Carrickfergus

Best School Gardening Project:
Winner: Carrickfergus Central Primary School, Carrickfergus
Runner-up: Ballymena Academy, Ballymena
Runner-up: Millquarter Primary School, Toomebridge 

The Mid & East Antrim in Bloom Community Competitions are organised by Mid and East Antrim Borough Council. Everyone who lives or works in the area has the chance to think about their local environment and how attractive flowers, plants and gardens can enhance it. By actively supporting this competition you will not only make your garden or business more attractive but also assist Carrickfergus’s entry to the Translink Ulster in Bloom Competition and the Britain in Bloom Competition.

Judging Criteria for General Categories

1) Design and general effect
2) Plant variety and diversity
3) Cleanliness and neatness (presentation)
4) Quality of plant growth and produce (husbandry)
5) Special features (e.g. wildlife area, pool etc)
6) Plants in bloom

Main Community Competitions rules apply (see details).