Ulster in Bloom Seminar


CAFRE are pleased to be holding a technical seminar in association with the Northern Ireland Local Government Association. This half day programme will look at ways that Local Government Councils can improve their performance in both the Ulster in Bloom and Britain in Bloom competitions. The seminar will provide information and advice on the specification of growing media, the role of community leaders, choosing non-invasive plant species and reducing the burden of grass mowing.


CAFRE, Greenmount Campus, Antrim


Thursday 29th August 9.30am to 2pm

Who is the seminar for?

The seminar is suitable for Council staff at supervisor level and above involved in Parks Departments.

Course content

The seminar topics and speakers will include:

  • The role of community leaders

Bernie McKenna and Bob McClure,

Castlecaulfield Horticultural Society

  • Innovative turf management in public spaces

Fergal Greenan,


  • Managing invasive plants in the urban landscape

Rose Muir,

Northern Ireland Environment Agency

  • The importance of understanding your substrate specification

Paul Alexander, Bulrush and Konstantinos Xyntaris, CAFRE

In conjunction with Ball Colegrave, Greenmount horticulturalists have grown a trial of 14 bedding plant varieties to see how well they perform in Northern Ireland’s climate.  11 herbaceous perennial varieties have also been grown to replicate their use as an alternative to bedding for a roundabout. This will also be part of the seminar.

The Northern Ireland Parks Managers Forum will take place at the Campus after the seminar.

This seminar is FREE to attend. 

To enrol please click on the ENROL FOR THIS COURSE button in the FACT FILE section on this page and follow the instructions. If you have not attended a course at CAFRE before you must first register your details.


If you have any queries please contact:

David Dowd Email: david.dowd@daera-ni.gov.uk
Telephone: 028 9442 6638