Tea Party and Awards for marvellous gardens at Clanmil Posted on 7 October 2021

The 2021 Clanmil in Bloom Awards was held on Wed 22nd September at the Clayton Hotel in Belfast.

Clanmil in Bloom 2021
Clanmil in Bloom 2021

Tenants were presented with their awards at a special celebration which featured afternoon tea and a talk by guest speaker, Kieran McHugh, from the Conservation Volunteers. There was also entertainment from the Swing Brothers.

John Colhoun pictured with the award at Somme Park with Clanmil Scheme Co-ordinator Gillian Wilson
John Colhoun pictured with the award at Somme Park with Clanmil Scheme Co-ordinator Gillian Wilson

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

The event provided an opportunity to highlight all of the hard work that goes into making the gardens at Clanmil housing schemes look first class.

Here is the full list of winners:

Overall Winner:
Glenshesk Court, Ballycastle

Independent Living Award:
1st Ardnaskea Court Coalisland,
2nd Cramsie Court, Ballymoney
3rd Gloonan, Ahoghill

Cat 1 (Accommodation for the over 55s)
1st Beechwood Avenue, Derry/L'derry,
2nd Raglan Place, Ballymena
3rd Place Millers Grove, Belfast

Neighbourhoods award (General Needs)
1st Sloan Street, Lisburn
2nd Hawthorn Gardens, Banbridge
3rd Churchview, Downpatrick

Environmental award
1st Somme Park, Derry/L'derry
2nd Place Slemish Court, Ballymena,
3rd Place Harmony Court, Belfast

'The George Glenn Star Gardener' Award is dedicated to the memory of the late George Glenn, a Clanmil tenant and former Chairman of the Clanmil Tenant Forum. George was devoted to his garden and took much pride in being part of the Clanmil in Bloom competition.

George Glenn STAR gardener Award:
1st Peter Southall from Cramsie Court, Ballymoney
2nd Margaret Miller, Slemish Court, Ballymena
3rd Sinead Tierney, Felden, Belfast

Clare McCarty, Group Chief Executive at Clanmil, said:
"Credit is due to all the participants, the judges and to Greentown Environmental – our grounds maintenance contractors who helped sponsor the competition. The pride and passion that Clanmil people have for their homes and neighbourhoods is clear to see. Congratulations to everyone who took part, and especially to all the winners!"