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Awards

Congratulations to all 2024 Green Flag Award Winners!

You should have received an invitation to the 30th Anniversary Eco-Schools Awards Ceremony, but if you have not and believe this was an error, please check the junk folder in your email before contacting your local field officer.

Location: Stranmillis University College, Belfast

Dates: 19th or 20th June (divided by council areas, see below)

Time: 9:45am – 3:30pm

19th June – Antrim & Newtownabbey; Belfast City; Fermanagh & Omagh; Mid Ulster; and Newry, Mourne and Down Councils

20th June – Ards & North Down; Armagh, Banbridge & Craigavon; Causeway Coast & Glens; Derry City & Strabane; Lisburn & Castlereagh City; and Mid & East Antrim Councils

 

FAQs

We will continue to update this webpage with more information.

Safeguarding

Unfortunately, due to limited capacity at the venue, we are only able to offer two tickets to each school this year. We understand that the number of tickets may cause a challenge for some schools, but we hope that our offer of transportation to and from the event will help to alleviate safeguarding concerns. You would be among a large group of teachers and students while traveling to and from the event, as well as during the event itself.

Additionally, we ask that parents/guardians take students to and from the local transportation points.

Travel

We are still in the process of confirming local transportation points with Translink. If you are interested in availing the transportation option, please indicate your interest on the RSVP form and you will be contacted with details when they become available.

If you decide you would like to use the transportation provided after you have submitted the RSVP form, please contact events@keepnorthernirelandbeautiful.org.

You can continue to check this webpage for updated information.

Can my school send two teachers to attend the ceremony, rather than one teacher and one student?

Yes! Please RSVP for two tickets and contact events@keepnorthernirelandbeautiful.org to let them know you will need two adult meals, indicating your school name and council area.

Can we get additional tickets for our school?

Once the RSVP deadline has passed and all tickets have been allocated, we will offer any additional tickets on a first-come first-serve basis to schools that have already committed to attending. We don’t anticipate being able to offer more than one additional ticket to schools.

What should we bring with us?

Just yourselves! We will provide lunch at the event. There’s no need to bring a school bag or devices, but we do encourage you to bring your own refillable water bottle. Refilling stations are available throughout the campus.


There are three award levels within the Eco-Schools programme:

  • Bronze
  • Silver
  • Green Flag

The Bronze and Silver awards are self-assessed online and trust is placed on each school to complete this process. If your school meets the award criteria, log in to the website to apply online and download your Bronze or Silver certificate.

Green Flag applications must be completed online in the new School Zone. The old paper application will no longer be accepted.

Once a school has been awarded the Green Flag it will need to reapply for the award every two years. First applications and renewals use the same application. As always you can submit your Green Flag application at any time;  however assessments will only now happen from March - June and awards are given in June of each year. 

We are hosting our final Green Flag clinic on Tuesday 20th February at 3.30pm. You can register here to attend the online information session.

The deadline for a guaranteed assessment in the 2023/24 school year is 1st March 2024. Schools applying after this deadline might not be assessed and awarded by the end of June.

We will do our best to assess schools submitting after the suggested deadlines but may find this difficult, particularly in the summer term, which is very busy. So beat the rush and get your application in early. We are always happy to help with assessment application queries on 02890 736920 or email eco-schools@keepnorthernirelandbeautiful.org.

 If you would like to nominate an exceptional pupil or teacher for our Eco-Pupil and Eco-Teacher of the Year awards, please send your nomination to the email above. Include your name and email, your nomination's personal details, and a short written or recorded entry (no more than 250 words for written entries or 5 minutes for videos) explaining why your nomination deserves the award. The deadline for the competition is the Friday 1st March 2024. The winning teacher and pupil will be invited to the Eco-Schools annual awards ceremony in June 2024 to receive their awards. 

Whilst we are delighted to be able to offer Green Flag Assessments free of charge to all main-stream primary, post-primary, nursery, special and preparatory schools, there is a small charge of £200 for the Green Flag Assessment for private pre-schools, day nurseries and independent schools.


Need help with your application? Contact your Field Officer!

Anna Green, anna.green@keepnorthernirelandbeautiful.org

Belfast City (BCC) and Antrim & Newtownabbey (A&N)

Gareth Lamrock, gareth.lamrock@keepnorthernirelandbeautiful.org

Derry City & Strabane (DCS), Causeway Coastal Glens (CCG), Mid & East Antrim (MEA)

Peter McErlean, peter.mcerlean@keepnorthernirelandbeautiful.org

Fermanagh & Omagh (FO) and Mid Ulster (MU)

Ben Ryan, ben.ryan@keepnorthernirelandbeautiful.org

Newry, Mourne & Down (NMD), Armagh, Bainbridge & Craigavon (ABC)

Zara Hamilton, zara.hamilton@keepnorthernirelandbeautiful.org

Lisburn City & Castlereagh (LCC) and Ards & North Down (AND)