​Celebrating gorgeous gardening with Clanmil in Bloom Posted on 18 August 2023

The gardening talents of Clanmil customers of all ages were celebrated at the recent Clanmil ln Bloom awards at Navigation House, Lisburn.  

Clanmil in Bloom is an annual competition that aims to acknowledge and reward Clanmil customers who take a keen interest in keeping the green spaces around their homes looking the very best they can.  It also gives customers with green fingers and a passion for gardening a chance to showcase their handiwork. 

Clanmil in Bloom winners along with CEO, Carol McTaggart board members and staff from Clanmil.
Clanmil in Bloom winners along with CEO, Carol McTaggart board members and staff from Clanmil.

Over 50 Clanmil customers joined together to enjoy a delicious afternoon tea supplied by Stepping Stones NI. Winners and runners-up were then presented with their awards. John Ross of sponsors Greentown Environmental who provide gardening maintenance services for Clanmil homes delivered a short talk, which was followed by a gardening workshop with tips and tricks of how to take care of your plants, led by Fiona Robertson, Horticulture and wellbeing Lead at Navigation House. 

Emmett Mullally, Director of Social Enterprise and Operations at Stepping Stones NI talked to guests about the services the charity provide, including training and employment for vulnerable adults. 

Jennifer Cuthbert, Community Investment Manager at Clanmil said: 

“Thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s Clanmil in Bloom at the wonderful grounds of Navigation House, Lisburn with service from Stepping Stones NI. We were delighted to welcome so many of our customers both young and old to share our celebration event. Congratulations to all of our winners and thank you for your efforts in helping to make your home a vibrant and inviting place to live.” 

This year’s awards were presented by Clanmil Chief Executive, Carol McTaggart, Clanmil Vice Chair, Maria McCann, Group Director of Assets, Tony Giffen, Assistant Director of Customer and Communities, Brendan Morrissey, member of the Board of Clanmil, Paddie Cassidy and John Ross, Managing Director of Greentown, who kindly sponsored the Clanmil in Bloom event.  

Clanmil in Bloom guests enjoying the sorroundings at Navigation House, Lisburn
Clanmil in Bloom guests enjoying the surroundings at Navigation House, Lisburn.

The full list of winners and runners up from Clanmil In Bloom 2023 is as follows: 


Best pot 

Winner: Maria Mc Conville, Cedar Court, Newtownabbey 

Runner up: Mrs Avril Averil, Giboney Court Cookstown 


Best basket 

Winner: Sam Preshur, Hughes Court, Belfast 

Runner up: Sylvia Allen, Stronge Court Portadown 


Best Grow Your Own 

Winner: Margaret Miller Slemish Court Ballymena 

Runner up: Anne Mark Slemish Court Ballymena 


Best Individual Garden 

Winner: Danielle Devlin, Ardnaskea Drive Coalisland 

Runner up: Irene Carey, Allen Court Antrim 


Best Young Grower Under 12 

Winner: Chaudrey Children (AbuSaeed age 7 and AbuDawud age 5, Linen Gardens, Belfast  

Runner up: Jones Children ( Casey-Ray, Simon and Sarah) Stronge Court  


Best Environmental 

Cedar Court, Newtownabbey 


Best Independent Living scheme 

Winner: Hughes Court, Belfast 

Runner up: Gloonan Court Ahoghill, Co.Antrim