Omagh Business Gets Royal Seal Of Approval At Balmoral

A picturesque garden created by Omagh company, CED Natural Stone, was officially named as the best overall trade stand of the Balmoral Show last week.

The masterpiece display not only captured the attention of the show judges but also got a royal seal of approval when visited by guest of honour, Prince Edward.

Thousands of impressed visitors passed through the Chelsea Garden Showesque creation, that was almost 500 square metres in size.

James Kane from CED Natural Stone said winning the award together with the warm response they received from the public made the weeks of hard work getting it ready worthwhile.

Mr Kane said, “Prince Edward spent about 15 minutes walking around the garden. He particularly liked the garden layout, the different coloured paving products and made special mention of the secret garden that was also created.

“We had a team of ten people working round the clock for the week previous getting the garden ready for the show, and it was certainly worth the hard work and 700 hours of man labour to get it right.

“The colour in the garden were just fantastic. I couldn’t have imagined it going any better and to then have this hard work recognised by winning the best overall trade stand at the show was amazing.

“As well as the kind comments from the thousands of visitors it was great to see so many familiar faces from throughout Tyrone who also gave us great feedback.”

The showpiece garden at the historic agriculture show, that was hosted at the Maze site for the first time, was actually a joint venture between CED Natural Stone and the award winning Maurice Maxwell from MRM Garden Design.

While Mr Maxwell came up with the design, Ben McKee from Crossgar used his landscaping skills to bring the garden creation to life.

The pair had previously teamed up for last year’s event but this garden was bigger and even better.

Mr Kane said the display showcased a variety of their natural stone products as well as water features, cobbled paths, patio terraces and even a putting green.

He also revealed there has been around £20,000 worth of trees and shrubs supplied especially for the Balmoral Show garden from Plantations Nursery in Lurgan.

Outdoor furniture for the display also came from FR Cathcarts in Enniskillen.