Seaptrick proud of best kept village award

Pictured at the 2013 Best Kept Towns, Villages & Housing Area Awards are L-R: Doreen E A Muskett MBE, NIAC, Cllr Joan Baird MBE, Cllr Olive Mercer, Chairman of Banbridge District Council, Dr Mark Hammond, N.I. Environment Agency, Harold Halliday, Bill Lyttle. Picture: Brian Thompson/Press Eye.
Pictured at the 2013 Best Kept Towns, Villages & Housing Area Awards are L-R: Doreen E A Muskett MBE, NIAC, Cllr Joan Baird MBE, Cllr Olive Mercer, Chairman of Banbridge District Council, Dr Mark Hammond, N.I. Environment Agency, Harold Halliday, Bill Lyttle. Picture: Brian Thompson/Press Eye.

Residents of Seapatrick are beaming with pride after the village won the 2013 Best Kept Town, Village and Housing Area Award.

The village has been singled out for praise by the organisers of the scheme for the community participation which makes it one of the most cared-for and attractive places in the province. The Best Kept Awards are organised annually by the Northern Ireland Amenity Council (NIAC).

Doreen Muskett MBE, Chairman of NIAC said, “Seapatrick is a very deserving recipient of a 2013 Best Kept Award. The awards were established six decades ago, to reward communities that maintain and enhance their surroundings, to protect our diverse natural and built heritage and make Northern Ireland a great place to live and visit. We would like to congratulate all of this year’s winners for doing just that.”

Established in the 1950s, NIAC have commended thousands of towns, villages, housing areas, schools and healthcare facilities on their work to improve the environment.

NIAC announced the province’s Best Kept Towns, Villages and Housing Areas recently and Seapatrick was selected for the Welcome Award, which acknowledges the best newcomers to the scheme.

NIAC judges participating towns, villages and housing areas on their green activities, including planted areas, biodiversity projects and recycling schemes. The general tidiness and cleanliness of entries, including the absence of litter, fly-posting and graffiti is rated and community involvement scores highly in the judging process.

Winning towns and villages were presented with a personalised sign, and a monetary donation towards their environmental endeavours. Winners of the Best Kept Housing Area Awards received a Best Kept sign.

Other winners this year include Enniskillen, the Best Kept Large Town; Holywood, Co Down, the Best Kept Medium Town; Moira, Co Down, Best Kept Small Town; Lack, Co Fermanagh – named the Best Kept Small Village. Hillsborough won the Large Village award, before going on to take the top award. Pomeroy, in Tyrone, won the title of Most Improved entry.

Information about the Best Kept Awards can be obtained from NIAC on 028 9040 3681 or online at www.niacbestkept.com.