2012 Competition Winners
Best Kept Garden
Winner: Leslie Spearman from Whitehead.
Runner-Up: Deborah Walker from Carrickfergus.
Runner-Up: Georgie Brown from Carrickfergus.
Runner-Up: Nicola Porter from Carrickfergus.
Best Kept Container Garden
Winner: Marilyn Cairns from Carrickfergus.
Runner-Up: Annette Keith from Carrickfergus.
Runner-Up: Elizabeth Johnston from Eden.
Runner-Up: Chris Hamil from Whitehead.
Best Kept Community Planting Scheme
Winner: Carrickfergus Traders Association.
Runner-Up: Brighter Whitehead.
Runner-Up: Barn Court Children’s Home, Carrickfergus.
Runner-Up: Brooklands Drive Residents, Whitehead.
Best Kept Allotment (sponsored by Sunnybank Garden Centre)
Winner: Jenny Hawthorn from Carrickfergus.
Runner-Up: Robert Donald from Carrickfergus.
Runner-Up: William Robinson from Carrickfergus.
Best Commercial Premises
Winner: The Courtyard, Carrickfergus.
Runner-Up: Hairtopia, Whitehead.
Runner-Up: Gary's, Carrickfergus.
Best Kept Café, Pub or Hotel
Winner: Coffee & Cream, Whitehead.
Runner-Up: Hillcrest Bed & Breakfast, Carrickfergus.
Runner-Up: The Courtyard Coffee House, Carrickfergus.
Tallest Sunflower Competition
Winner: Thomas & Harry Irwin from Carrickfergus
Runner-Up: Laura Clugston & Roma Rajkumar from Carrickfergus
Runner-Up: Sarah & Scott Alexander from Carrickfergus
Children's Painting Competition 15 and under
Winner: Katie Taylor, Carrickfergus. (view painting)
Runner-Up: Erin Faulkner, Greenisland. (view painting)
Runner-Up: Jack Murray, Carrickfergus. (view painting)
Children's Painting Competition 10 and under
Winner: Aaron Kelleher, Carrickfergus. (view painting)
Runner-Up: Charlie Smyth, Carrickfergus. (view painting)
Runner-Up: Bailey Irvine, Carrickfergus. (view painting)
The Carrickfergus in Bloom Community Competitions with a prize fund of up to £1200 are organised by Carrickfergus Borough Council. Everyone who lives or works in the Borough 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 Carrickfergus in Bloom Competition rules apply (see details).