Mid Ulster recently celebrated local success at the Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful, Live Here Love Here Community Awards 2018.
Brénainn Brunton, teacher at St Columba’s Primary School, Straw, won the Mid Ulster Litter Heroes Award for his enthusiasm and passion in looking after the local environment. As an Eco-Schools coordinator, he has empowered children and the local community in Ballinascreen to take action and make a difference to their environment through regular litter picks, clean ups and bulb planting. An honorary mention was also given to Castlecaulfield Horticultural Society, Blessed Patrick O’Loughran Primary School Eco Council and Screen Eco-Schools.
The top accolade of the night, Spirit of Live Here Love Here Award was presented to Screen Eco-Schools. Made up of 5 local schools in Ballinascreen Parish; St Colm’s High School, St Mary’s PS, St Columba’s PS, St Eoghan’s PS and Gaelscoil na Sperini; only formed in September 2017, they have achieved so much in their local community. With regular littler picks and clean ups taking place, their biggest success so far, Blooming Ballinascreen, seen the planting of 10,000 daffodils and 2000 bluebells across Ballinascreen. Fantastic work which also helps to raise civic pride in the area by getting the whole community involved.
Chair of Mid Ulster District Council, Councillor Kim Ashton attended the recent awards ceremony.
“The Live Here Love Here Community Awards celebrate the tremendous efforts of groups and individuals who work hard to help make Northern Ireland a cleaner, greener and safer place to live. I’m delighted to see Mid Ulster schools and teachers being recognised for the great work they do to look after our environment. I’d like to personally congratulate them for their fantastic achievements so far and encourage them to keep up the good work.”
For more information on how to get involved with Live Here Love Here, please visit http://www.keepnorthernirelandbeautiful.org