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Belmont Primary retains green award

East Belfast’s eco-warriors have had their ‘green’ credentials rewarded at a gala ceremony.

Lord Mayor of Belfast Councillor Pat Convery paid tribute to those who have been doing their bit for the environment as he hosted the ‘Brighter Belfast’ awards at the City Hall on Thursday, November 4.

The awards, in conjunction with ‘Belfast in Bloom’, recognise community groups, schools and businesses involved in green projects.

Receiving the Lord Mayor’s Special Award — a specially commissioned engraved glass vase — were Belmont Primary School and IKEA.

A winner for the second consecutive year, the east Belfast primary school was praised for its continuing commitment and determination to ‘be green’ by creating a conservation garden. Teachers, pupils and parents transformed a grey, concrete waste area into an outdoor learning environment complete with greenhouse, herb garden, butterfly area and bird tables.

More than 80 entries were received and, as Councillor Convery explained, the competition was tougher than ever. “I have been really inspired by the enthusiasm shown, not only by our young people, but across generations, and the quality of entries was extremely high — making judging all the more difficult,” he said.

“I’m delighted that we have the support of so many people across the city in our efforts to promote a ‘Brighter Belfast’ for all.” He added: “Belfast is a city that has witnessed great change in recent years and we’re attracting more visitors and tourists than ever before.

“These awards are about recognising those who are working hard, sometimes very much behind the scenes, to help create a city that’s cleaner and greener.”

Other winners included The Fashion Souk (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Award) and Translink (Business and Community Partnership Award). Each winner received £500, a trophy and certificate.

IKEA received its award for showing “great leadership, commitment and effectiveness in terms of promoting our environment and involving the local community”. Alwen McIlroy, Sylvia Hodgins and Lynda Boyce, of Belmont Primary, accept the Lord Mayor’s Special Award

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