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UK recognition for Laganside scheme

A south Belfast community environmental scheme has been recognised as boasting one of the UK’s best environment projects at The National Lottery Awards 2010.

The Laganscape scheme at Lagan Valley Regional Park beat hundreds of projects from across the UK to take home a runner-up trophy at The National Lottery Awards, which was presented by John Barrowman and broadcast live from London’s Roundhouse on BBC One on Saturday.

Representatives from the Laganscape project mingled with celebrity guests at the star-studded awards event, including Kelly Brook, Amir Khan, Julia Bradbury, Sacha Parkinson and William Roache MBE.

Accepting the runner-up award for Best Environment Project, Brendan O’Connor, project manager, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have been named as a runner-up in The National Lottery Awards.

“We beat hundreds of other projects from all over the UK to get to this stage and we are very grateful to everyone who gave us their support along the way.”

He continued: “Lottery funding has been crucial to our project and The National Lottery Awards have been a great opportunity to highlight how we’ve put our funding to good use and show anyone who has ever played the lottery the difference their money makes.”

Laganscape, managed by Lagan Valley Regional Park, is a scheme that aims to improve the local environment within the park.

“It does this by involving the community, local schools and working with other organisations to improve the park through a variety of smaller projects, including tree planting, building bird boxes, training volunteers and a host of other initiatives,” Mr O’Connor added.

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