Co Tyrone village in Donaghmore wins ‘Ulster in Bloom’ title

The village of Co Tyrone in Donaghmore won first prize at the Ulster in Bloom Awards.

The highly regarded annual horticultural, environmental and community competition officially recognizes the finest plant and flower displays in local towns, cities and villages.

Donaghmore received the “Village” award at the awards show, recognizing the efforts of community groups like the Donaghmore Horticultural Society, which is made up of local community volunteers.

Group chairman Sammy Wilson said it was a great honor for the village to receive the award.

“We started doing Ulster in Bloom in 2013 and came in second and third a few times, but now we’ve won three times,” Sammy said.

“It’s great because we don’t have a very large group of us working on it, but there is a lot of work to be done.

“We all put in a lot of effort and it really improved the village and made it look great.

“We try to keep the village here as tidy as possible, and in 2018 we won the most well-groomed village in Ireland, so we’re proud of the efforts we’ve put in.”

Ulster in Bloom is sponsored by Translink, which celebrated the return of the awards to recognize the work of community gardeners in the area.

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“It’s encouraging to see such fantastic displays of community spirit in action, especially given the difficult times everyone has gone through,” said Translink President Michael Wardlow.

“These awards clearly underline the pride that so many people have in their region. The time and dedication that goes into creating such beautiful spaces is commendable. It’s also great to see so much biodiversity and an emphasis on sustainability, whether through the use of wildflowers or home gardens. “

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