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Karina Robinson   Thu 14 Feb 2019

Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful Announce Community Award Winners

Tuesday 12th February saw volunteers gather at the 3rd annual Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful Community Awards in Belfast City Hall with host, TV presenter Joe Mahon and guest speaker Jo Ruxton, filmmaker and campaigner who opened the eyes of the world to the problems of plastic in A Plastic Ocean and influenced Blue Planet II.

The evening was designed to recognise and thank all the volunteers who had been short listed for their continued hard work and dedication to the cause – with an opportunity to hear their inspirational stories which instil pride in our local communities through practical environmental action.

From regular litter picks to the creation of shared community spaces these unsung heroes dedicate their time and efforts into making our home cleaner, greener, safer and more sustainable.

The winners have carried out some remarkable work this year including addressing social isolation and loneliness among older people living in care homes by creating beautiful gardens - the only green space that some residents will see. A keen canoeist has made a significant effect on the appearance of the waterways by removing debris and litter while a young 15 year old litter picker has collected around 100 bags of litter and even taken his litter picker on holiday. Another local hero raised over £1000 from biscuit wrappers alone for ‘Kicks Count’, a charity that promotes baby movement awareness to reduce still birth whilst one group reached out to minority groups to address language barriers by publishing an infographic pack that displays the dos and don’ts of domestic waste disposal and littering - improving community relations.

Guest Speaker Jo Ruxton encouraged volunteers to make a stand in their local communities and champion the reduction of litter: “Never underestimate just how much one single person can achieve. The problem might seem insurmountable but take that first step on your own and just watch how many people join you and help bring about change.”

Live Here Love Here Manager Jodie McAneaney comments: “These awards are so important, they give us the opportunity to highlight the issues and reward those who are actively making a difference. Plastic in particular has been hitting the headlines this year with its devasting effects, making our special guest Jo Ruxton the perfect candidate to inspire us to really strive for change. The fact that every piece of plastic ever created is still on the planet is a real eye opener. Hopefully in 2019 our continued efforts and that of our volunteers and partners can make steps towards tackling this terrible problem.”

At Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful we run a number of campaigns and programmes that embody the values of Live Here Love Here which would not be possible without the help of our dedicated volunteers. If you would like to find out more or get involved with Live Here Love Here please visit our website; www.liveherelovehere.org or contact enquiries@liveherelovehere.org.

The Litter Heroes Awards - RESULTS;

Antrim and Newtownabbey Litter Heroes Award;

Honorary Mention:

Glas Na Braden Conservation Group

Six Mile Water Trust

Winner: Rosie Watkins

Ards and North Down Litter Heroes Award;

Honorary Mention:

Phil Wilkinson

Laura Finnegan

Strangford Lough and Ards Peninsula Volunteer Rangers

Winner: The Gibson Family

Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Litter Heroes Award;

Honorary Mention:

Victoria Street and Surrounding Area Residents Group

Darkley Rural Community Group

Heather and Bruce Crawford, Inland Waterways Association of Ireland-Newry and Portadown

Winner: Inland Waterways Association of Ireland-Newry and Portadown

Belfast City Litter Heroes Award;

Honorary Mention:

Tommy Holland, Springhill Garden Group Belfast

Social Action Girls Programme

Winner: The Flowerpot Men Glenbank Cross Community Garden Belfast

Derry City and Strabane Litter Heroes Award;

Honorary Mention:

Jim Trotter

Enagh Youth Forum

Winner: Biodiversity on Your Doorstep

Fermanagh and Omagh Litter Heroes Award;

Honorary Mention:

Elwin Jones, Camowen Community Anglers

Jayne Scallon, Lack Community Group

Winner: Trevor Foster, Blue Green Yonder

Lisburn and Castlereagh City Litter Heroes Award

Winner: Anna Neal, Protect Our Pristine Seas

Mid and East Antrim Litter Heroes Award;

Honorary Mention:

Barn Court Children's Home

Winner: Cameron Liddle

Mid Ulster Litter Heroes Award;

Honorary Mention:

Michael Davitt's Gaelic Athletic Association (GAC)

Castlecaulfield Horticultural Society ECO Buddies Youth Group

Winner: Vicky Seviour-Crockett

Newry, Mourne and Down Litter Heroes Award;

Honorary Mention:

Rostrevor Men’s Shed

Glasdrummond Community Association

Conor O’Loughlin, Inland Waterways Association Ireland – Newry and Portadown Branch

Winner: Newry Reporter

Adopt A Spot Award presented by Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful;

Honorary Mention:

Barn Court Children's Home

Strangford Lough and Ards Peninsula Volunteer Rangers

Winner: Shimna Eco Warriors

Good Neighbour Award presented by Choice Housing

Honorary Mention:

Jim and Maureen Nelis

Wesley Court Gardening Club

Winner: Lawrence Murphy

Community Together Award presented by Housing Executive

Honorary Mention:

The Flowerpot Men Glenbank Cross Community Garden Belfast

Shimna Eco Warriors

Winner: Victoria Street and Surrounding Area Residents Group

Big Transformation Award sponsored by McDonald’s

Honorary Mention:

9.30 Club

Jonesborough Community Association

Darkley Rural Community Group

Winner: Castlecaulfield Horticultural Society

Coast Care Award sponsored by Coca-Cola HBC

Honorary Mention:

Six Mile Water Trust

Phil Wilkinson

Elwin Jones, Camowen Community Anglers

Winner: George Raymond Smyth

Spirit of Live Here Love Here Award presented by Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs

Honorary Mention:

Inland Waterways Association of Ireland-Newry and Portadown

Bill Pollock, Brighter Whitehead

Ellie Dempster, Portaferry In Bloom

Winner: Strangford Lough and Lecale Partnership Coastal Guardian Volunteers

Merry Christmas from Live Here Love Here -December Update

Karina Robinson   Thu 20 Dec 2018

In the wind down for Christmas, this issue we've got some past Community Award winners telling us why you should nominate your local heroes and what winning the award has meant to them. The Small Grants Scheme Online Claim is now live, and all grants must be claimed by 14th January 2019.

If you have any clean ups planned for the new year please tell us about them and we'll promote them in the next newsletter and social media. We've also been trying to make a conscious effort to shop locally and sustainably this Christmas with the help of Do Your Bit NI and of course we've our Litter Heroes of the Month. Have a read through, have a great Christmas and we'll see you in the New Year!

From Jodie, Nicola, Karina and Ciara!


Anti Car Litter Video Challenge Winners Announced

Karina Robinson   Fri 02 Nov 2018

Live Here Love Here in partnership with McDonald’s, created the WISE UP! #DRIVEYOURRUBBISHHOME competition in association with the Power of Video conference. The competition challenged YouTubers to shoot their own anti-litter videos to be judged by famous YouTuber Philip Bloom and YouTuber peers for the chance to win state of the art camera equipment.

The innovative content competition, hosted during the Power of Video conference held at the Ulster Hall in September, named Edward Cleary as the winner. His video entitled ‘Dave’ documented the comical journey of a piece of paper from where it was littered, back home to its owner.

To read more go to: https://bit.ly/2QeuxZM

Live Here Love Here Autumn Update

Karina Robinson   Thu 01 Nov 2018

Check out our Autumn Newsletter to learn more about our upcoming events and clean ups, as well as some opportunities from our friends!

Follow the link below to have a read:


Litter Loathing Puppet, Packs a Punch

Karina Robinson   Fri 07 Sep 2018

A litter-loathing puppet is the star of our new anti-litter campaign being rolled out across Northern Ireland and he’s pulling no punches when it comes to offenders.

The campaign from Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful and its Live Here Love Here programme, features the puppet who pops up out of nowhere giving litter louts a proper puppet telling off in true Northern Ireland style.

We hope that the straight talking puppet will get through to those people who still continue to litter.

Jodie McAneaney, Live Here Love Here Manager said, “Littering continues to be a major problem on our streets, in our parks and on our beaches. 95% of streets and public spaces surveyed in Northern Ireland have at least some litter on them.

“Last year, over 141 tonnes of waste was collected, costing the public purse £45.5m a year on street cleansing. Like many members of the public who take pride in our province, our puppet gets really aggravated when he sees those who litter foul carelessly.”

The campaign will feature on TV, online, across billboards and radio advertising too.

You can find our Ads on YouTube at https://youtu.be/h4ezUvevjr4

Live Here Love Here Summer Update

Karina Robinson   Thu 06 Sep 2018

Check out our Summer Newsletter to learn more about our upcoming events and clean ups, as well as some opportunities from our friends!

Follow the link below to have a read:


Will You Be Part Of The World's Largest Beach Clean Event?

Karina Robinson   Thu 06 Sep 2018

The Big Beach Clean is taking place on the weekend of the 14th, 15th & 16th September across Northern Ireland and more than 100 other countries.

On Friday 14th September as part of the Ocean Conservancy International Coastal Clean Up, hundreds of employees from Coca-Cola HBC will be kick-starting the Big Beach Clean effort by downing tools and encouraging everyone to get involved and organise your own clean up.

For more information go to:


As you know, each year Live Here Love Here run the BIG Spring Clean and Clean Coasts Programme, handing out BIG Spring Clean kits and loaning as much equipment as possible not just from March to June but right throughout the year. Click the link below to see what impact you have made during the BIG Spring Clean and Clean Coasts Week!


Check out our newsletter to view the award winners and shortlisted nominees for the 10th Anniversary of the Coca-Cola Coast Care Awards 2017!

On Thursday 5th October, Live Here Love Here and Coca-Cola HBC celebrated the 10th Anniversary of the Coca-Cola Coast Care Awards, held at Parliament Buildings, Stormont. The event, hosted by BBC Weatherman Barra Best, praised and rewarded the efforts of volunteers who have gone the extra mile to clean up and look after our coastline and inland waterways, in a bid to preserve the natural beauty of these areas.

Thank you to all involved!

Coast Care Awards 2016

Nicola Fitzsimons   Thu 20 Oct 2016

Volunteers who have gone the extra mile to clean up and look after our coastline, loughs and inland waterways have been recognised by environmental charity Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful as part of the prestigious Live Here Love Here Coast Care Awards and Seminar event held at Parliament Buildings, Stormont.

David Small, Deputy Secretary of Environment, Marine and Fisheries Group and Chief Executive of the Northern Ireland Environment Agency presented the dedicated volunteers with their awards along with BBC’s Karen Patterson who hosted the event.

The Live Here Love Here Coast Care programme supports the work of volunteers who clean up beaches, rivers and loughs throughout Northern Ireland. With the continued support of Coca-Cola and Tourism Northern Ireland, the Coast Care Awards recognise and celebrate the outstanding work of local people who are passionate about caring for Northern Ireland’s coastline, loughs and inland waterways and who carry out practical work in a bid to reduce the impact of litter and other environmental damage to preserve the natural beauty of these areas.

The day of awards and rewards even celebrated the beauty of Northern Ireland’s Coastline and Inland waterways through the Picture Perfect Award supported by Tourism Northern Ireland, this award captures our beautiful scenery through one single stunning photograph.

Speaking about the event, Environment Minister Michelle McIlveen said: “In Northern Ireland, we are proud to boast of some of the most stunning coastline in the world. Our long sandy beaches, prime fishing spots and waterways offer excellent recreational opportunities for the health and well-being of all. Thanks to many passionate volunteers these stunning areas are kept in pristine condition for local people and visitors to explore and enjoy.”

“The tireless efforts of the volunteers also have a huge impact on keeping these coastlines and waterways safe for the huge range of species that call them home. I am sure they will also inspire others to get involved in the Live Here Love Here campaign and help us create a cleaner, greener environment for everyone. They set a shining example to us all and make a vitally important contribution to our world,” the Minister added.

Dr Ian Humphreys, Chief Executive of Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful, said: “Our long-standing relationship with Coca-Cola enables us to reward the hard work, community spirit and sheer persistence of volunteers who regularly clean up our coast and inland waterways. At this event we take a little time to celebrate the achievements of passionate ‘can-do’ people to keep Northern Ireland’s shores, loughs, canals and rivers beautiful. Through their freely given time it is obvious they really do live here and love here. To everyone involved, your work is simply inspiring, well done and thank you.”

Gillian Shields, Community Affairs Manager, Coca-Cola HBC Northern Ireland said: “We are delighted to partner with Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful and support the Clean Coast and Coast Care programmes. These awards recognise and reward the tremendous contribution and practical action being taken by individual and groups across Northern Ireland in looking after our much treasured beaches and waterways. Congratulations to all the beach managers and local communities from around Northern Ireland on achieving these prestigious awards."

Louise Kearney, Director for HR & Organisational Development, Tourism NI, said; “Northern Ireland boasts some of the most spectacular coastline in Europe and this is one of our greatest tourism assets. Volunteers and community groups make a huge contribution to taking care of our coast and we are delighted that that these efforts are being recognised through the Coast Care Awards. Tourism NI is again proud to sponsor the Picture Perfect Award.”

List of Coca-Cola Coast Care Award Winners 2016

Award Winners:

• Coca-Cola Coast Care Group

National Trust Volunteers Portstewart Strand (Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council)

• Coca-Cola Inland Waterway Group

Glas-na-Bradan Conservation Association (Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council)

• Brighter Futures

Mourne Heritage Trust Youth Rangers (Newry, Mourne and Down District Council)

• Better Business Partnership

TESCO Antrim (Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council)

• Local Hero

Sebastian Graham (Mid Ulster Council)

• Picture Perfect (Tourism Northern Ireland)

Wilbert McIlmoyle (Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council)

• A Special Award for Inspiring Individual was presented to Eric Rainey (Ards and North Down Borough Council) for his commitment to the the Coast Care Programme.