Hillsborough is among the Ulster In Bloom winners of 2015 to have been officially recognised at a special awards ceremony.
Winner in last year’s Large Village category, Hillsborough received its plaque at the recent ceremony in the Belfast Harbour Commissioner’s Offic, where representatives of Hillsborough In Bloom and Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council were on hand to pick up the honour.
Last year’s Translink Ulster in Bloom Competition marked the 37th year of the Northern Ireland Local Government Association’s annual horticultural event.
Hillsborough has been no stranger to competition success and both the local council and Hillsborough and District Committee are reportedly delighted with the latest addition to the trophy cabinet.
Lisburn and Castlereagh Mayor, Councillor Thomas Beckett, said: “It is excellent news that one of our charming villages has been awarded a floral accolade and one of the first awards received by the new Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council.
“This is an excellent indication of the good working relationship between the council and a local community.”
Councillor Brian Hanvey, Chairman of the Council’s Environmental Services Committee, added: “I was delighted to be part of the delegation to receive this award for Hillsborough from NILGA and the event sponsor Translink.
“It was a great opportunity to meet with other community groups and councils from across Northern Ireland to see how each makes their areas festive in bloom.
“Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council is committed to visually stunning towns and villages and the hard work and dedication of the council staff and the local community has been regionally recognised with this Large Village Award.
“The Parks Gardening Team always works diligently throughout the council area to ensure that all the floral beds and displays have every opportunity to bloom and flourish with each season.
“We are now getting underway with preparations in partnership with the Hillsborough and District Committee to plant this season’s floral displays to hopefully retain this title in 2016.”
At the Awards Ceremony, Translink Board Member Bernard Mitchell, said: “This was the first competition since local government reform and we were pleased to see all the new councils submit entries demonstrating the continued appeal of the competition right across Northern Ireland.
“All of the winners have improved their local areas and boosted civic pride through attractive floral displays and community engagement.”