Pomeroy is looking extremely bright and colourful, due to the hard work of Pomeroy in Bloom group which was established last year with the aim of improving the visual and environmental aspects of Pomeroy village. This activity has been supported by the Connecting Pomeroy project, funded through the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB), and led by Mid Ulster District Council.

The group had hoped to submit an entry into this year’s ‘Translink Ulster in Bloom’ competition, a competition that helps to instil local pride, create awareness of the environment and biodiversity, encouraging cross community participation and the wider involvement of all age groups and abilities. Unfortunately, due to the current Covid-19 pandemic it was unable to do so. However, this hasn’t deterred the Pomeroy in Bloom group from forging ahead with their plans to brighten up the village.

Maeve Nugent, Chair of the Pomeroy in Bloom group stated ‘To date we have used 560 plants to create 56 wonderful displays in planters and window boxes. Through the work of 9 members we have brought the local community together to brighten up Pomeroy with colourful bedding plants of petunias, begonias, verbera, and geranium. Through the work of the Pomeroy In Bloom group we are enjoying the health and wellbeing benefits of growing with others, while supporting others to learn new skills and make connections.’

The group are currently planning for next season and have recently carried out a restoration programme on a few ornate baskets that were kindly donated. They are encouraging more members of the local community to get involved in such a worthwhile activity that really is making a difference in the village.

If you would like to volunteer your time or services with the Pomeroy in Bloom group or indeed would wish to find out more about the work of the group or the ‘Connecting Pomeroy’ project, contact Rosemary or Michael at Rural Action on 028 8648 0900 or email: Rosemary@ruralaction.co or Michael@ruralaction.co who will be only too happy to put you in contact with the local Pomeroy Village in Bloom Committee.

The Connecting Pomeroy project is supported by the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB). Delivery of the initiative is being spearheaded by a community partnership and co-ordinated by Mid Ulster District Council. Match-funding has been provided by the Executive Office in Northern Ireland and the Department of Rural and Community Development in Ireland.