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NI village's blooming great win
Broughshane's entry was described as outstanding
Broughshane's entry was described as outstanding
A County Antrim village has been named as overall winner of this year's Britain in Bloom awards.

Broughshane beat off competition from Garstang, Lancashire, Scotland's Alness and St Ives & Carbis Bay in Cornwall to scoop the top award from the RHS.

Judges praised the village's artistic and imaginative displays and the involvement of the whole community.

The RHS's David Jones said Broughshane's entry was "outstanding, bold, imaginative and forward looking".

"All aspects of the judging criteria were addressed to consistently high quality standards," Mr Jones added.

"There was a very great sense that the whole community is involved and is taking pride in the place, this was evident from the almost total absence of litter and exceptional standard of private residential gardens."

The village's imaginative creations impressed the judges
The village's imaginative creations impressed the judges

Chairman of the judges panel Jim Buttress said the village was a "real champion."

"All the entries this year were of a high standard, particularly in view of the bad weather we had in most parts of the UK," he said.

RHS Britain in Bloom is the largest horticultural campaign in Europe. It encourages people to actively improve their local environments through cleanliness, sustainability and creative planting.

The 68 finalists were judged throughout the summer by touring RHS judges who travelled across the UK.

They looked at the quality of floral displays, permanent landscaping, sustainable development, local environmental quality and public awareness.

The awards are being presented at Coventry Cathedral. They include 14 Gold, 26 Silver Gilt, 24 Silver and four Bronze Achievements awards.


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