TIDY Northern Ireland recognised local volunteers dedicated to cleaning up Northern Ireland’s shoreline, loughs and inland waterways when they were presented with prestigious awards by Environment Minister Mark H Durkan at Parliament Buildings, Stormont.
The Coca-Cola Coast Care Group Award went to Portstewart Strand’s National Trust volunteers.
Members of this team are recognised as key role models in the management and conservation of the beach and dunes. If it wasn’t for their support, the dune system for future generations would no longer exist as an area of outstanding natural beauty.
Gerald Doherty, a volunteer with Conservation Volunteers in Coleraine has devoted a total of 806 volunteer days to date.
The majority of which he was involved in the management and restoration of sand dunes, clearing bracken and sea buckthorn and supervising students in all weather conditions.
Presenting the awards, Environment Minister Mark H Durkan said: “I have been amazed at the dedication of our many volunteers and the work that they carry out to keep our stunning coastline a fantastic place to visit and enjoy.
“ We are all responsible for keeping our coast and inland waterways clean and litter free.”