Derry has officially been crowned the first ‘Best Kept’ city in the North of Ireland.
Derry was awarded the title of ‘Northern Ireland’s Best Kept City’ during the ceremony held in the Guildhall. This category was newly introduced in 2015.
Environment Minister and SDLP MLA for Foyle, Mark H Durkan today presented the awards and said he was “delighted” that Derry had won.
Speaking at the awards ceremony, Mark H Durkan said: “I am delighted to see that Derry is the first winner of the ‘Best Kept City’ award. I would like to commend all within the city who helped to achieve such a coveted accolade. Full credit should be given to the council and all the local volunteers who worked hard to bring out the best in the city’s environment.”
Minister Durkan continued: “In the North we are blessed with a beautiful natural and built environment. It is one of our greatest assets and we all share the responsibility for protecting and improving it, for current and future generations. These awards are a great way to recognise the contribution of many who give up their own time and efforts to showcase and enhance their local environment.
“The communities who participated in these awards are taking pride in their surroundings, making them a more attractive place for people to live, for tourists to visit and for people to do business. I commend all who took part and warmly congratulate each of the winners.”
The awards, which are run by the Northern Ireland Amenity Council and sponsored by Open + Direct Insurance, recognise communities that go the extra mile in creating well maintained, clean and beautiful areas in which to live and work.
The full list of Northern Ireland Amenity Council (NIAC) ‘Best Kept’ awards winners across Northern Ireland is as follows (for more information visit the website at http://www.niacbestkept.com/ or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/bestkeptawards or Twitter @bestkeptawards):
Scarva - Small Village & Overall Winner
Derry – City
Omagh - Large Town
Armagh - Medium Town
Moira - Small Town
Broughshane - Large Village
Moneymore - Most Improved
Whitehead - Welcome Award
Glenshesk Court, Ballycastle - Sheltered Housing Area
Dickson Park, Seapatrick - Small Housing Area
Orangefield Park, Omagh - Medium Housing Area and Ellen McGowan Award
Merville Garden Village - Large Housing Area
Ards and North Down Borough Council, Cloughey Beach Boardwalk Project - The President’s Trophy
Gretta Young, Loughgall District Improvement Committee - The Community Achiever Award