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Global acclaim for villages' spectacular floral displays

By Linda Stewart

Two Co Antrim villages have scooped international awards for their spectacular floral displays this summer.

Glenarm village won the International Challenge (Small) category of the Communities in Bloom awards in Canada at the weekend, receiving 'Five Blooms' Bronze and a special recognition in the Pallet Fence with Flowers category.

Meanwhile, Ahoghill also took the 'Five Blooms' Bronze and a special recognition in the 'Positive Partnerships' awarded under the competition's International Challenge (Medium) category.

Contest judges Lorna McIlroy and Ted Zarudny said: "Glenarm is a beautiful historic coastal village. It includes Glenarm River, Glenarm Forest, a restored marina and Glenarm Castle, which features an amazing walled garden.

"The Glenarm Regeneration Strategy aimed to revitalise the community for both residents and visitors.

"A small group of dedicated volunteers, using recycled containers, flowers, paint, shovels and boundless energy, accomplished miracles and managed to involve local residents, visitors and industry."

Mayor of Mid and East Antrim Borough, Billy Ashe, said: "I wish to congratulate both Ahoghill in Bloom and Glenarm in Bloom for this remarkable achievement."

The awards were made during the 2015 Communities in Bloom National Symposium and Awards Ceremonies in Kamloops, British Columbia, at the weekend.

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