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Donaghmore is ‘Best of the Best’: County Tyrone success at 2022 Best Kept Awards

Donaghmore, has been crowned ‘Best of the Best’ at the 2022 Best Kept City, Town, Village and Housing Area Awards after winning in the ‘Best Kept Small Village’ category. The village in County Tyrone wowed the judges with its kaleidoscope of floral displays and huge community effort to create a beautiful environment for all its residents.

The Awards, organised by the Northern Ireland Amenity Council (NIAC) and sponsored by George Best Belfast City Airport, took place on Tuesday October 18, at the Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council Offices, where over 100 representatives from towns and villages across the Province congregated for the ceremony.

Now in their 65th year the prestigious awards celebrate areas that are taking action to protect and care for their local environment, creating safer, cleaner, healthier and more sustainable places to live, work and play.

Participating towns, villages and housing areas are judged on a range of criteria, including floral displays, grass roots environmental projects, and an absence of litter and graffiti. Judges also look for underlying evidence of community participation in environmental initiatives, including the promotion of recycling and wildlife conservation.

Congratulating Donaghmore on their prestigious award, President of NIAC, Doreen Muskett, MBE said: “Well done to Donaghmore, this is truly deserving of the title of ‘Best of the Best’ 2022.

“The overall impression of Donaghmore is a kaleidoscope of flowers, in-bed planters and hanging baskets. The judges were particularly impressed at the effort that has gone into the floral displays. There has clearly been a huge community effort that has generated such obvious pride in this village’s appearance. Congratulations to all involved in keeping your village so beautiful and congratulations to all of the winners and runners up today.”

Stephen Patton, Human Resources and CR Manager at George Best Belfast City Airport said: “As a long-standing supporter of the Best Kept Awards, we have had the privilege of witnessing some outstanding efforts over the years towards building brighter, better, and more sustainable communities.

“This year is no exception and we have been blown away by the calibre of entries and the level of civic pride shown throughout Northern Ireland.

“As a responsible business leader, Belfast City Airport is committed to giving back to the local community, supporting projects which help areas thrive, and investing in initiatives that improve the quality of life for those living and working in the vicinity.

“These awards show there are clearly a lot of like-minded individuals in the province and it is wonderful to be able to come together and celebrate the fantastic work that has been carried out in each city, town, village, and housing area.

“Congratulations to all the worthy winners.”

Runner up in this category was another Tyrone village, Castlecaulfield. The judges commented that it was a, “beautiful village with imaginative ideas for enhancement”, and they could see clear evidence of a community working together.

The Best Kept Small Housing Area category was won by Lismore Estate in Donaghmore. The judges commended it for being a credit to all involved, “a beautifully maintained area where the residents take pride in their estate and the surroundings in which they live.”

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