Welcome to the Carrickfergus in Bloom Website
There are many reasons why we feel proud of Carrickfergus Borough - one of them is the abundance of flowers and attractive horticultural displays. Each summer the Borough is brightened up by hundreds of hanging baskets, bedding displays, shrub beds and trees. Carrickfergus Borough Council developed the Carrickfergus in Bloom environmental improvement initiative to brighten up the Borough, to become a 'Borough of Flowers'. The objective is to make a brighter Borough for the benefit of all citizens and visitors. This website has been designed to provide current news, information and advice on all our inbloom activities. However, please do contact carrickfergus in bloom if you would like to see anything else at www.carrickfergusinbloom.org. Carrickfergus Borough is located in County Antrim in Northern Ireland.
Carrickfergus in Bloom Community Competitions
Each year we organise the Carrickfergus in Bloom Community Competitions with a £1200 prize fund. The categories are Best Kept Garden; Best Kept Container Garden; Best Kept Community Planting Scheme; and BestKept Commercial Premises. The Young people’s categories include Painting, Poetry and Tallest Sunflower. SEE 2013 WINNERS.
Carrickfergus in Bloom Gardening Advice
The following gardening tips have been added to help to make your garden a success. Hanging Basket Tips, Butterfly Paradise, Composting your Garden Waste, How to Plant and Stake a Tree, Tree Planting Tips, Wildlife Gardening, Build a bird nestbox, Night time Gardening, Grow Crops in Pots, Growing Tomatoes etc. Click here to visit our gardening advice section. Not sure when things in the garden should be done? Use the handy carrickfergus in bloom gardening planner to find out what your should be doing in your garden each month.
Carrickfergus in Bloom Campaigns
A vital part of the Carrickfergus in Bloom initiative is the campaigning work we do in the community. This year we continue our campaigns to promote biodiversity through our Blooming Wild campaign, growing vegetables in schools, getting communities working with community grants; tree week kicks off our tree planting campaign and linking gardening to the health, fitness and wellbeing agenda. Click here to view the Carrickfergus in Bloom campaigns section.
Latest News & Events
The results of the 2013 Translink Ulster in Bloom Competition were announced today (Tuesday 10th September) celebrating Northern Ireland’s finest horticultural talent. The Borough won five awards in total, the most in any year since the inception of the competition. Carrickfergus came first in the Large Town category with Whitehead coming second in the Small Town category. The efforts of the Brighter Whitehead Community paid off as it received the Community Rail Halt award for its work. Carrickfergus Railway Station was runner-up in the Best Station award. Finally, Carrickfergus Borough Council won an award for its innovative Biodiversity projects. more news...
Celebrating the Hedgerow: Come along one of the Hedgerow Hopes Initiative events and find out what wildlife our native hedges support and why they are one of nature’s greatest assets. Activities include a Bug Hunts, Jam Making, Wild Food Forage, Hedgerow Planting and Layering and much much more. see event web link
Love Parks Week: Love Parks Week is an annual campaign to celebrate parks and other green space. In Carrickfergus we are asking as many people as possible to join our campaign for continued investment and support for these valuable assets. Each year we have a number of events that encourage local people and visitors alike to enjoy our parks and green space areas. More at www.carrickfergus.org/loveparks.
Translink Ulster in Bloom Competition: Gardeners throughout Carrickfergus Borough are being asked to 'Lend a hand this summer' to ensure success within this years Translink Ulster in Bloom Competition. Last year we celebrated a number of awards and with your help we can keep our record of success. more news...
Fancy an Allotment? Did you know that Carrickfergus Borough is home to the largest allotment site in Ireland? The allotments at Eden off Beltoy Road have 189 plots and if you are interested in growing your own fruit and vegetables please apply online at www.edenallotments.co.uk. Allotment gardening can provide a number of benefits to individuals and the environment. For more information on our allotment service click here.
Beach Road: Check out the environmental improvements at Beach Road Nature Reserve. For further information on this newly improved resource for Whitehead click here for further information or you can visit the Beach Road Nature Reserve website.
One Pot Pledge: Carrickfergus Borough Council is backing a nationwide campaign launched by Garden Organic that will target a growing band of people that want to have a go at growing their own food for the first time. To find out more or take part click here.