Green spaces continue to flourish in Galway City, as the winners of the annual Tidy Towns Garden Competition have been announced.

The annual event is organised by Galway City Council to recognise the efforts of residents, businesses and schools to maintain and enhance gardens, estates, and public areas adding to biodiversity in the city.

Tiarnan McCusker, the Environmental Awareness Officer with Galway City Council, said the past year had seen an even greater appreciation for outdoor spaces and the quality of entries reflected this."In line with Galway City Council's objectives in the Biodiversity Action Plan and the National Pollinator Plan, gardeners were asked to enhance their gardens and green spaces for wildlife and pollinating bees, birds and insects. ’’

The overall winner of the Front Garden Competition was Pat McPhilbin from Mervue, whose garden was an "enchanting mature garden on a large corner site," according to competition judges.

Pat McPhilbin with his award in Mervue

"While the evergreens marking the boundary are gradually becoming more prominent, the gardener's work is still presented proudly for all in the community to enjoy," the judges added.

"This gardener demonstrates dedication, awareness and talent with regard to design principles, creativity and gardening know-how."

Scoil Chroí Íosa's garden

Scoil Chroí Íosa scooped the overall winner in the schools category. Cuan na Gaillimhe, Steiner won the Eco School Garden category, and St Patrick's National School, Lombard Street won the Best Floral Display.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, Galway City Council will not hold an awards ceremony this year. All winners have been notified and will be presented with their prizes in the coming weeks.