GLENBEIGH is blooming and it's all thanks to the local community council's annual floral competition which last week rewarded its 2013 winners.
The competition highlights three areas: best estate, best business and best private house and the deserving winners were presented with their cheques on Wednesday last. Seaview took the best estate award, winning a €125 prize thanks to its "good use of shrubs and trees" and green area, while St Michael's Crescent received a 'highly commended' award.
Best business and collecting a cheque for €75 was Liosderrig House B&B, described by judge Trish Wharton as a "very inviting business". Trish, a horticulture graduate with two decades of experience working in garden centres, also lauded the property's gardens as well as the use of pots and boxes. Very highly commended in this category was Rós Na Rí House B&B with Fast Food take-away and Glenbeigh Post Office labelled highly commended.
Best private house belonged to Kieran and Claire O'Toole who collected €50 and whose gardens were highighted for a good use of colour scheme. The private residence next to Dedications Unisex Hair Salon was highly commended too.
Glenbeigh Community Council Secretary Vera O'Sullivan said the initiative has certainly helped boost the village's Tidy Towns ratings.
"We would traditionally rise about three or four points each year but last year, for instance, we rose a full 12 points which we were very proud of and we hope to build on that in the coming years," Vera stated.
"Our own competition creates an interest in the appearances of estates, businesses and homes and people are doing their best to help improve the village, which is great for everyone," Vera added.
Competition judge Trish Wharton studied horticulture in Co. Louth for three years where she received a diploma in commercial horticulture. She then worked in Ryan's Nurseries in Killarney for 17 years before they closed as a manager of the Garden Centre.
Trish now works part time in Boyle's in Killorglin, in their garden centre, mostly working Saturdays and Mondays. If anyone have garden queries don't hesitate to contact Trish.