Brighter Whitehead were presented with the Queens Award for Voluntary Service at a celebration event at The Bank House on 21 June 2019.
This is the highest award given to volunteer organisations across the UK and the Lord-Lieutenant for County Antrim, Mrs Joan Christie CVO OBE, presented the award. Members of Brighter Whitehead attended and speeches paid tribute to past and present members of the organisation which was established in 1995.
The aims of the group from the start were to contribute towards enhancing the town through environmental improvements in association with other community groups, businesses and statutory organisations.
Whitehead is renowned for its floral displays that are enjoyed by its residents and visitors, and play a critical role in bringing people and investment to the town. In their polytunnel, Brighter Whitehead grow the majority of the flowers that are displayed around Whitehead in planters and hanging baskets. Whitehead has entered Ulster in Bloom each year since 1995 and have represented Northern Ireland in Britain in Bloom twelve times.
Brighter Whitehead also promote issues such as cleanliness, sustainability and community involvement which are equally as important where their ‘In Bloom’ activities are concerned.