Brighter Whitehead Gallery

bloom rece

Special Reception held on 21st February 2018 in recognition of Brighter Whitehead's blooming brilliant efforts

bee-licious project

The Bee-licious project at Diamond Jubilee Wood in April 2017. Bee-licious aims is to raise awareness on our important pollinator species which are in decline and to improve habitats for them across the country.

britain in Bloom Judging in Whitehead

The Britain in Bloom judges arrived in Whitehead on Friday 5th August 2016. The arrival of judges Geraldine King and Andrew Jackson caused quite a stir in the town. Whitehead is in the Small Town category alongside St Saviour in Jersey, Studley in the Heart of England and Freckleton in the North West of England. The Prize-Giving will be this October.

mayor with barn owl

Whitehead has been doing its bit for barn owls, one of Northern Ireland’s most iconic species - but also one of the most endangered. The boxes have been installed at Diamond Jubilee Wood in Whitehead. The Mayor of Mid and East Antrim Borough, Councillor Audrey Wales MBE is pictured supporting the initiative.

ulster in bloom launch

The 2016 Translink Ulster in Bloom Competition has been officially launched with the support of Brighter Whitehead and the Mayor of Mid and East Antrim Borough, Councillor Audrey Wales MBE.

Gave and Gain Day at Jubilee Wood

‘Give & Gain Day’ employees from Lloyds at work in Whitehead Diamond Jubilee Wood carrying out essential tree maintenance in the community orchard on 20 May 2016.

free sunflower seeds

Mid and East Antrim’s ‘In Bloom’ has distribiuted thousands of Sunflower seed packets to local school children including whitehead. The campaign is an opportunity to make the Borough bloom even more this year.

woolen woods

Photos of the Grand Opening of the only Woollen Wood in Northern Ireland - Diamond Jubilee Wood Whitehead - on Saturday 7th May 2016. A great turnout despite the inclement weather. Thanks to all who came along. The display will remain on site throughout the summer so still time to get down and see for yourself!

ulster in bloom awards in 2016

Celebrating success at the Translink Ulster in Bloom Awards where, across the Mid & East Antrim Borough Council area, Ahoghill won the Small Town Award and Brighter Whitehead won the Community Rail Halt title, are l-r Stephen Daye, Head of Parks & Open Spaces at Mid and East Antrim Council, Janet Crampsey, Brighter Whitehead, Bernard Mitchell, Translink Board Member, Bill Pollock, Brighter Whitehead, Frank Moore – Translink NI Railways Route Manager, Cllr Timothy Gaston, Deputy Mayor - Mid & East Antrim Borough Council, Moira Rodgers, Alderman Freda Donnelly, NI Local Government Association Executive Member and David Brown, Brighter Whitehead.

Bird Watch at Diamond Jubilee Wood in 2016

The Mayor of Mid and East Antrim Borough Council, Cllr Billy Ashe at The Big Garden Birdwatch
on 3rd February 2016 in Diamond Jubilee Wood in Whitehead.

shore Thing at Blackhead Path

Shore Thing project in Whitehead. Local pupils from Whitehead Primary School (pictured)
survey along Blackhead Path as part of their school’s Eco Club membership.

Biodiversity Summer School (Monday 3rd to Friday 7th August 2015) at Diamond Jubilee Wood in Whitehead.

bentra mini golf in whitehead

butterfly hunt at diamond jubilee wood

Seashore Safari at Blackhead Path

People across the Borough have celebrated Love Parks Week, between Friday 24th July and Sunday 2nd August. Events in Whitehead included a Mini Golf competition at Bentra Golf Course, a Butterfly Hunt at Diamond Jubilee Wood and a Seashore Safari at Blackhead Path.

plant sale in whitehead

Gardening enthusiasts were able to pick up summer bedding bargains provided by Brighter Whitehead at the annual Whitehead Community Centre plant sale on 6 June 2015.
Pictured: Jim Kitchen, Marion Mahaffey and Jo Handcock

Woollen Woods at Whitehead Diamond Jubilee Wood

Woollen Woods at Whitehead Diamond Jubilee Wood (16th May 2015).

local biodiversity plan for mea launched in carrickfergus area

The launch of the Mid and East Antrim Biodiversity Action Plan (LBAP) was held in the grounds
of Silverstream Primary School on Tuesday 3rd March 2015.

bloom awards in carrickfergus town hall

The local ‘Best Kept’ competition winners and runners received their well earned certificates and prizes at a prize-giving lunch in Carrickfergus Town Hall on Friday 31st October with over 90 people attending the event. Brighter Whitehead received the top prize in the Best Kept Community Planting Scheme.

Britain in Bloom 2014 Silver Gilt for Whitehhead

Britain in Bloom 2014 Silver Gilt for Whitehhead. Pictured at 50th Britain in Bloom UK Final awards in Bristo on Thursday 16th October 2014 are David Brown Bill Pollock and Roger Burnett.

pond dipping at jubilee wood

Pond dipping at the Biodiversity Summer School in Diamond Jubilee Wood on Wednesday 6th August 2014.

britain in bloom judges visit whitehead in northern ireland

On Friday 8th August 2014 judges Mark Wasilewski and Brendan Mowforth visited Beach Road Nature Reserve in Whitehead, County Antrim, Northern Ireland.

britain in bloom judges visit the one world garden in whitehead

Britain in Bloom judges visit the One World Garden in Whitehead on Friday 8th August 2014.

woodland walk at jubilee wood in whitehead

Woodland Walk on 28th July 2014 at Diamond Jubilee Wood in Whitehead, part of Love Parks Week.

growing together in whitehead

Pupils from Whitehead Primary School are joined by and students from the Northern Regional College Prince's Trust at the Diamond Jubilee Wood on 4th November 2013 to plant 100 Apple Trees. Part of the ‘Growing Together’ Initiative.

growing together

Left to Right: Myrtle Frazier (Carrickfergus Community Cultivators) Laura Shepard (Princes Trust) Bill Pollock (Brighter Whitehead) David Scott (Student at Newtownabbey Regional College) at the Diamond Jubilee Wood on 4th November 2013 - part of the ‘Growing Together’ Initiative. An environmental based intergenerational project supported by the European Union’s PEACE III CAN Partnership to carry out community activities in Whitehead. The project aims to bring different generations together and actively encourages the breaking down of barriers between older and younger people, while challenging negative stereotypes and behaviour.

biodiversity summer school in whitehead

Bird and bat box making at Diamond Jubilee Wood on 5th August 2013. Part of the Biodiversity Summer School.

hedgerow hopes event at diamond jubilee wood

Planting the Hedgerow event on Saturday 23rd February 2013 at Whitehead Diamond Jubilee Wood.
This was a Hedgerow Hopes Initiative which is a Heritage Lottery funded project.

tree week in whitehead

Launch of National Tree Week in Carrickfergus Borough at Whitehead Primary School
on Friday 23rd November 2012.

brighter whitehead awards

Representatives of Brighter Whitehead with local councillors celebrating their success at the Carrickfergus in Bloom awards on Friday 26th October 2012. The lunch time event was attended by over 100 people from throughout the Borough. At the Lunch, the Chairperson of Parks, Countryside & Amenities Sub-Committee, Alderman May Beattie thanked all those who took part in the competition and made it such a success. "The Carrickfergus in Bloom Community Competitions have really caught the imagination of our Boroughs citizens. This year over 1,400 people battled the wet summer weather and economic downturn to create some beautiful colourful floral displays that we can all enjoy."

Hedgerow Hopes launch in Whitehead Diamond Jubilee Wood

Launch of the Hedgerow Hopes Initiative on Saturday 20th October at Whitehead Diamond Jubilee Wood.
Hedgerow Hopes Initiative is a Heritage Lottery funded project.

2012 ulster in bloom

Celebrating the Borough success in the 2012 Translink Ulster in Bloom Awards are Moira Rodgers (Brighter Whitehead), Stephen Daye (Carrickfergus Borough Council), Carolyn Stewart, David Blayney, Frank Moore (Translink), Angela Coffey (NITHC/Translink), Bill Pollock (Brighter Whitehead), Councillor Freda Donnelly (NILGA), David Brown and John McCauley. The awards included the 'Roses in Towns Trophy' for 2012 (The Roses in Towns Trophy, is presented annually to the Council area with the best display of roses) the Borough also received the Best Station Award for Carrickfergus Rail & Bus Station and Best Community Rail Halt Award for Whitehead Rail Station. The award ceremony took place at Belfast Castle on 14th September 2012.

translink ulster in bloom carrickfergus 2012

2012 Translink Ulster in Bloom Competition Launched at Cultra Manor. At the launch gardeners have been urged to help save the bumblebee by planting more pollinating flowers for this year’s Ulster in Bloom competition. The 34th year of the annual horticulture competition has attracted 142 entries representing councils, community groups, businesses, bus and rail stations all preparing to impress judges.


Mrs. Joan Christie OBE, Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant for County Antrim officially opened
Whitehead Diamond Jubilee Wood on Saturday 23rd June 2012.


Plum tree planted at opening of Whitehead Diamond Jubilee Wood on Saturday 23rd June 2012.


The Brighter Whitehead team prepare for the 2012 summer season.

tree week in whitehead

Whitehead Community at the Tree Week event at Blackhead Path on Tuesday 29th November 2011.

whitehead diamond wood

Mayor of Carrickfergus, Alderman Jim McClurg with Patrick Cregg, Director of Woodland Trust
at the Whitehead Diamond Jubilee site. (August 2011)


First Energy Saving Steps: Big Energy Saving Challenge organised Transition Town Whitehead (July 2011)

launch of carrickfergus in bloom

Launch of Carrickfergus in Bloom (May 2011)

tree week 2010

Planting for Tree Week in Whitehead (December 2010)

Whitehead Wombles

In October 2010 the Whitehead Wombles received the Coca-Cola Coast Care Group Award: The group have been recognised for the excellent work they have done throughout the year. They have worked with their local beach operator and key stakeholders on the Whitehead stretch of coastline. The Whitehead Wombles are a group of volunteers that work in and around the town of Whitehead both as individuals and in a group. 'The Wombles will always try to keep the amount of litter to a minimum, no matter how disheartening it can be'.

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