Cliftonville In Bloom 2018 launch announced

Cliftonville in Bloom

Residents and businesses are being invited to take part in this year’s Cliftonville in Bloom event.

The competition, run by volunteer street project, the Gordon Road Area Street Scheme (Grass), will launch during the Cliftonville Farmers’ Market on April 29.

The market, at the Oval Lawns in Eastern Esplanade, will run from 10am to 1pm and will offer the chance to meet the in Bloom team and sign up to take part in this year’s competition.

There will also be a tombola, gardening workshop, plant giveaway and refreshments.

The GRASS team includes chairman Simon Bell and  secretary Stephen Darrer who say they would like to see the event, and others planned for the year, grow.

Simon said: “We want to get lots of people and businesses involved with In Bloom and, later this year, the Cliftonville Games. There is a business category for In Bloom this year and we would also appreciate any donations for the tombola.”

Stephen added: “We would really like to get local businesses involved, there are so many new and fantastic businesses that have opened up in Cliftonville.”

The aim of the competition is to encourage residents in Cliftonville West to use their gardening skills to help the environment and improve the appearance of the area. Entry is free with categories for both experienced and novice gardeners.

The judging week will be July 2-6 with the prizegiving on July 8.

If you are a local business that would like to get involved, contact the In Bloom team on

Find the new GRASS website with criteria and how to enter and/or donate, here


Best household front garden (Gold = £75, Silver = £50, Bronze = £25)

The goal for this category is to find the display with the most impact – size is not a factor. The entry must be clearly visible from the roadside.

Best DIY planter, hanging basket or window box (Gold = £30, Silver = £20, Bronze = £10)

The goal for this category is to find the most creative and inventive DIY or budget display in a planter, hanging basket or window box. Have you got some leaky wellies, a dilapidated chest of drawers, or even an old toilet? Well why not give your DIY planter some TLC, maybe paint it, fill it with soil and get something planted!

Best children’s sunflower (prizes to be confirmed)

The goal for this category is to find local children who have grown the most impressive sunflowers. Size, shape and colour will all be taken into consideration when selecting a winner, it’s not just about being the tallest!

Best commercial / retail display or landscaping

The goal for this category is to find a local pub, hotel, restaurant, shop or business that is creating a great first impression with the quality of landscaping around their premises.

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