South 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.
The Greater Village Regeneration Trust was commended in the Nature Conservation Awards for creating an allotment site in an unused space to allow residents with the traditional back yard have an outdoor green space.
Judges were impressed by the dedication of all those involved and the hard work that was put into involving more than 800 residents in healthy outdoor activity as well as encouraging awareness of wildlife and nature.
In the Schools Environmental Award category, the judges said Fleming Fulton had excelled as its pupils, parents and teachers had demonstrated a passion for all things green.
Using composting bins, the pupils collected waste from lunch leftovers and the school grounds, as well as planting trees in partnership with the Woodland Trust.
The school is also very active in recycling as well as developing its own energy-saving project to cut down on water and electricity usage.
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.”
Receiving the Lord Mayor’s Special Award — a specially commissioned engraved glass vase — were Belmont Primary School and IKEA.
Other winners included The Fashion Souk (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Award) and Translink (Business and Community Partnership Award). Each winner received £500 and an engraved trophy and certificate.