Mid And East Antrim Flower Show 22 August 2015

Mid and East Antrim Flower Show

Poster for Mid and East Antrim Flower Show
Mid and East Antrim Flower Show

Larne Market Yard will be brimming with blooms and culinary delights this weekend as Mid and East Antrim Borough hosts the annual Flower Show.

It takes place this Saturday 22 August, from 1.30 to 3pm and visitors can enjoy the floral displays free as there is no entry charge.

Now beginners and the keen horticulturists involved in those awards were able to enter over a dozen competitive classes at the Flower Show in Larne. These range from Best ‘Monster’ Vegetable to an Award for the Novice Flower Arranging and the prestigious Perpetual Cup for Best in Show. As well as those for giant vegetables and flower arrangements, award classes also include pot plants and categories for home industry and the popular children’s section.

Our area is blooming with local horticultural talent, as demonstrated by the many awards won by our towns and villages, and the show offers the opportunity for green thumbed enthusiasts to exhibit the fruits of that talent, helping to create a colourful spectacle for everyone to enjoy. Entrants to the home industry section will be tempting members of the public with their mouth-watering cakes and jams while entrants to the Floral Arrangement section will be wowing everyone with their artistic displays. Please contact for further information Tel: 028 2826 7411 or Email: flowershow@midandeastantrim.gov.uk. Download guidelines and entry form here: www.midandeastantrim.gov.uk/flowershow


Larne’s Dixon Park Gets Green Flag

Larne Dixon Park Gets Green Flag
Larne Dixon Park Gets Green Flag

Mayor praises parks’ staff and community supporters as Green flag raised over Larne’s Dixon Park

Mid and East Antrim Borough Council recently welcomed the quadruple award of a prestigious ‘Green Flag’ for all its entries in the UK-wide environmental scheme. Now Larne staff and community supporters have been praised for their efforts in achieving the prestigious accolade for Dixon Park.

The Mayor, Councillor Billy Ashe, has personally met staff and volunteers to convey his appreciation. He is pictured here with Parks Manager Ben Simon, local residents including Ann Marshall, Chair of the Resident’s Association, and Alphonsus McIllwaine who maintains the site, as they prepare to fly the flag at the popular location.

Cllr Ashe said: “The hard work, professionalism and dedication of the staff – and supporters in the community – has paid off in the award of the Green flag.” The Mayor added: “This also visibly demonstrates to the local community and councillors that the sites are being well-managed for the benefit of the local community and local wildlife. We were awarded the Green Flag across Diamond Jubilee Wood, Whitehead; Bashfordsland Wood/Oakfield Glen, Carrickfergus, People’s Park, Ballymena  and of course, Dixon Park, Larne. “Dixon Park originally received the Green Flag in 2012, making it the first park in Mid and East Antrim Borough to have this award, and local parks staff and the Dixon Park Resident’s Association are keen that this beautiful community park continues to flourish and to be at the forefront of new developments. “The more Green Flag Awards a local authority has, the more it demonstrates best value for the council and the local community,” he said, adding that it is also a great attraction for tourism.