Bangor scooped up the prize for best ‘large town' category at the 2010 Translink Ulster in Bloom awards on Wednesday, March 16.
Local councils, businesses, community groups, bus and rail stations were rewarded for their gardening expertise and commitment to improving the appearance of their own areas through beautiful floral and plant displays.
North Down Mayor John Montgomery said: “It gave me great pleasure to receive Bangor’s Award for Best Large Town Category in Translink’s Ulster in Bloom competition — richly deserved due to the hard work of our council staff and residents alike.
“The award encourages the tasteful use of flowers, shrubs and trees, in clean and tidy landscapes, evidenced by the many flower and other displays around the borough.
“Perhaps the walled garden is our biggest success to date, this project costing £1 million has inspired the imagination of local residents and visitors alike who have visited in large numbers. My other personal favourite Council project is the buoys on roundabouts again contributing to our success in Ulster in Bloom.”
He added: “But Ulster in Bloom isn’t just about developing attractive floral displays for a season but rather about encouraging a sustainable approach to environmental improvement in its widest sense. Next stop is Britain in Bloom where we have already achieved a Silver Guild Award for the second year in a row.
“Congratulations to everyone involved in any way with our “In Bloom” efforts.”
Speaking at the event, Angela Coffey, Translink board member, said: “It is fitting that during this season we celebrate the hard work of gardeners throughout Northern Ireland whose vibrant displays boost civic pride and help improve economic and social prosperity in their area.
“These displays bring delight to both local people and tourists, making Northern Ireland a more enjoyable place to both live in and visit. Public transport has a key role to play in creating a greener and more sustainable society and we are delighted to have supported the competition for the past 12 years.
“We would encourage more organisations and individuals, especially younger people, to get involved in the 2011 Translink Ulster in Bloom Competition and help grow a brighter future for their areas,” said Angela.
Councillor Joanne Bunting, Northern Ireland Local Government Association said: “The Translink Ulster in Bloom contest gives us both the impetus and the opportunity to support our citizens in making our areas cleaner, tidier, and more enjoyable places in which to live.”