From culture to horticulture Derry is a winner

Pictured receiving Derry's Ulster in Bloom award are, Conor Canning, Head of Environmental Services, Derry City Council, John Trethowen, Chairman, Translink, Deputy Mayor of Derry, Alderman Gary Middleton and Alderman Arnold Hatch, Vice President, Northern Ireland Local Government Association. (1409lm 01)

Pictured receiving Derry's Ulster in Bloom award are, Conor Canning, Head of Environmental Services, Derry City Council, John Trethowen, Chairman, Translink, Deputy Mayor of Derry, Alderman Gary Middleton and Alderman Arnold Hatch, Vice President, Northern Ireland Local Government Association. (1409lm 01)

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The City of Culture has been named as a City of Horticulture thanks to its latest success in the Ulster in Bloom awards. Derry City was awarded first place in the city category of the competition, thanks largely to the work of the Council’s Environmental department.

Speaking at the results ceremony in The Mill, Downpatrick, Alan Young, Translink Ulsterbus Derry district manager, said: “I am delighted with Derry City taking first place at the City Ulster In Bloom category this year. 2013 continues to place Northern Ireland under the international spotlight and with Derry as City of Culture this year, many high-profile events are attracting thousands of visitors here and to Northern Ireland’s cities, towns and villages. Beautiful plant and floral presentations play an important role in creating a lasting, positive and welcoming image of Derry City and of Northern Ireland, encouraging people to make return visits with friends and family.

“It is great to see ourselves and new locations from right across Northern Ireland making it into the top three placings. We are also pleased that continued effort is being made to support Biodiversity which reflects our own approach to sustainable business; supporting the environment in which we operate.

“We would like to thank and congratulate Derry City and all our 2013 Translink Ulster in Bloom participants for their hard work and dedication. We would also encourage more people to get out and about by bus or train to explore some of these beautiful places,” said Alan.

Belfast City Council finished second behind Derry in the City category.

This year’s competition attracted 107 entries representing local councils, businesses and community groups as well as 38 bus and rail stations. The Translink Ulster in Bloom Competition is co-ordinated by the Northern Ireland Local Government Association.