Environment Minister, Mark H Durkan, today launched the “Best Kept” Awards at Ballycraigy Primary School, Antrim.
The Best Kept Awards are organised by the Northern Ireland Amenity Council. They honour Northern Ireland’s best community environmental projects, rewarding entrants in six categories: Schools, Healthcare, Cities, Towns, Villages and Housing Areas.
Mark H Durkan said, “Our built and natural environment is one of our greatest assets and we all share the responsibility for protecting and improving it, for current and future generations.
“These awards are a great way to recognise the contribution of our unsung green heroes. These people volunteer their own time and efforts and take pride in their surroundings to make them a more attractive place for people to live and for tourists to enjoy. They also encourage the development of new partnerships and approaches which strengthen community bonds and enable local people to take even greater pride in the places they live and work.
“Empowering communities and working with them to find innovative ways to achieve positive results that benefit both the environment and the local economy is at the very heart of my vision for the North. I encourage as many schools, healthcare facilities, housing areas, towns and villages as possible to get involved and participate.”
Details of how to apply are available at: http://www.niacbestkept.com.
Pictured above: Anna Wishart tends the beautiful gardens at Fold Housing Association''s Rathain Fold, Coleraine - a definite contender for the Best Kept Sheltered Housing Award this year!'