Carrickfergus projects urged to challenge for Best Kept Awards

(File photo) At the Best Kept Awards 2015 presentation are, from left,  Doreen Muskett MBE, chair NI Amenity Council;  David Brown, Brighter Whitehead; broadcaster Joe Mahon, Bill Pollock, Brighter Whitehead, Minister Mark H Durkan, Stehpen Daye, Mid and East Antrim Council and Ian Campbell, Open+Direct Insurance Glengormley Branch. INCT 06-704-CON
(File photo) At the Best Kept Awards 2015 presentation are, from left, Doreen Muskett MBE, chair NI Amenity Council; David Brown, Brighter Whitehead; broadcaster Joe Mahon, Bill Pollock, Brighter Whitehead, Minister Mark H Durkan, Stehpen Daye, Mid and East Antrim Council and Ian Campbell, Open+Direct Insurance Glengormley Branch. INCT 06-704-CON

Carrickfergus has been challenged to build on last year’s success at the Best Kept Awards.

Organised by the Northern Ireland Amenity Council, the community environmental initiative rewards entrants in six categories: Schools, Healthcare, Cities, Towns, Villages and Housing Areas.

Whitehead and Hawthorns Adult Day Centre, Carrickfergus, were among those recognised in 2015.

Speaking at the launch of the Best Kept Awards 2016, Environment Minister 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.

“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.