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Belfast in Bloom

All you need is a garden, window sill or front door. Cheer up forgotten flower beds, arrange a simple window box, or take part in a larger regeneration project. 

We want to create a warm and friendly welcome to everyone who works, lives and visits here. 


Our Belfast in Bloom competition was open to individuals, groups and commercial premises. In 2019 we added a  'best kept school garden' prize with four individual categories awarded for schools in the north, south, east and west of the city. 

Belfast in Bloom 2019 award winners

Individual category

  • Best front garden east Belfast: Rita Weir
  • Best front garden west Belfast: Patricia McDermott
  • Best front garden north Belfast: Matt McCarthy
  • Runner up:  Liam Friel
  • Best front garden south Belfast: Ken Orr
  • Runner up:  Thomas Graham

  • Best hanging basket east Belfast: Glen Davidson
  • Runner up: Maureen Lennon
  • Best hanging basket west Belfast: Ivan McAllister
  • Best hanging basket north Belfast: Matt McCarthy
  • Runner up: Mr JD McCall
  • Best hanging basket south Belfast: Arthur Bowman
  • Runner up: Rodger Montgomery

  • Best window box east Belfast: Christine Mackey
  • Runner up:  Heather Johnston
  • Best window box west Belfast: Philip Adams
  • Best window box north Belfast - Beth McGrath
  • Best window box south Belfast: Fionnula Maguire
  • Runner up: William Rennie

Allotment category

  • Best allotment site: Blythefield allotments
  • Runner up: Belvoir allotments

Commercial category

  • Best hotel: Europa Hotel
  • Best public house: Duke of York
  • Runner up:  The Harp Bar
  • Best restaurant - Granny Annies
  • Runner up:  Biddy Farrelly’s
  • Best commercial premises - Memento Floral Design
  • Runner up: The Dark Horse

Schools category

  • Best kept school garden in east Belfast: Strandtown Primary School
  • Best kept school garden in west Belfast: St Oliver Plunkett Primary School

Community category

  • Best Community Achiever Award: Marie McKee
  • Best community group: Belvoir
  • Best community garden: Musgrave
  • Runner up: The Secret Garden

Best Overall Achiever Award: 

  • Ardoyne Community Association (Oasis project)

The Isobel Bennett Award 

  • Matt McCarthy

Belfast in Bloom 2018 gallery

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Belfast in Bloom
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