Glenarm Village in north Antrim, has scooped an international prize from a Canadian non-profit organisation, fending off competitors from around the globe.
The village, which nestles in Mid and East Antrim Borough Council, has been declared the winner of the Communities in Bloom “International Challenge (Small) category”.
A selection of judges chose Glenarm Village over competing venues including Cehnice, Czech Republic and Sun Rivers Resort Community, British Colombia during the 2015 National Symposium and Awards Ceremonies in Kamloops, British Colombia.
After making their decision, volunteer judges Lorna McIlroy and Ted Zarudny wrote 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,” they added. “The Glenarm Regeneration Strategy aimed to revitalise the community for both residents and visitors.” The judges said “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”.
The Canadian non-profit organisation claim to be committed to fostering civic pride, environmental responsibility and beautification through community involvement and the challenge of a national program, with focus on the enhancement of green spaces.
In their press release they say the “pride, sense of community and feeling of accomplishment generated through participation” is evident in Canada.