Omagh judged for International Community in Bloom

Published: 26th July 2016

The Chairperson of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Councillor Mary Garrity, welcomed the judges of the International Communities in Bloom challenge to Omagh on Monday 25 July.

Following last year’s success in the Translink ‘Ulster in Bloom’ competition and the award of Best Kept large town, Omagh entered for the International Communities in Bloom challenge.

In the challenge, entrants are evaluated by an international jury on the accomplishments of their entire community on a range of criteria including:

    • Tidiness
    • Environmental Action
    • Heritage Conservation
    • Urban Forestry
    • Landscaped Areas
    • Turf & Groundcovers
    • Floral Displays

The judges, Odette Sabourin-Dumais and Piet Boersma, spent 2 days in the Omagh area visiting community environmental projects as well as experiencing the history and heritage of the area, assessing the initiatives and the community involvement in them.

Welcoming the international judges to Omagh the Chairperson of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Councillor Mary Garrity, said that participation in the International Communities in Bloom challenge was recognition, not only of the work of Council staff in creating and maintaining floral displays and keeping the town and district clean, but also of the many community groups who volunteer with a wide range of projects to improve their local environment.

“The International Communities in Bloom challenge does not focus solely on flowers and planting schemes, but also recognizes the dedication and commitment to local communities to protect, care for and improve their environment and its biodiversity. This enhances social cohesion and leads to strong, sustainable community development”, she added.

The International Communities in Bloom Awards will be presented during the Communities in Bloom Symposium in late October.

 

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For further information please contact Elizabeth Harkin, tel: 0300 303 1777 or email: Elizabeth.harkin@fermanaghomagh.com

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