The organisers of the SuperValu Best Kept Awards have launched the 2009 awards with a campaign to get more young people in North Down involved in environmental projects, and an increased prize fund.
Launched last week, the prestigious awards scheme that acknowledges towns, housing areas, healthcare facilities and schools for their commitment to our natural and built heritage, urged more North Down young people to get involved and announced an increase in the prize fund available for schools.
The prize money for winning schools has more than doubled and is now £300 per school (up from £125), with runners-up getting £120 (up from £65). The overall winning school receives an additional £200.
Local volunteer groups that co-ordinate improvement schemes in towns and villages throughout the province are also being asked to take on an educational role, involving children in local projects. Last year Holywood and Bangor won Best Kept Awards.
Entry forms are available by ringing 9040 3681 or by visiting www.niacbestkept.com for more information.