Knockbreda Nursery School, based in South-East Belfast, has been named the ‘Best of the Best’ at the Best Kept School Awards in association with George Best Belfast City Airport.

In an unprecedented move, the nursery school took home a hat-trick of awards at a ceremony held at Stranmillis College on 18th June.

The nursery was crowned the winners of the Pre-Primary category for the South Eastern area, took home the Welcome Award, designed to honour schools that have not taken part in the awards before, and finished top of the table – all in its first year of entering.

Photo by Aaron McCracken


Best Kept was pioneered in the early ’50s by Professor Arthur Muskett. Northern Ireland led the field in this type of community-based competition which is now conducted in the rest of Britain, Republic of Ireland and throughout Europe under the titles of ‘Britain in Bloom’, ‘Tidy Towns’ and ‘Entente Florale’ respectively.

How can you get involved?

  • By keeping towns, villages, schools, healthcare facilities and places of work litter free, clean and colourful.
  • Make use of recycling facilities in your area.
  • Form a Village Improvement Committee.
  • Plant trees and shrubs and keep weeds at bay.

These are just some of the ways you can get involved.

How can you enter?

To Apply online click here, or contact us for further information.

Our Patron

joe-mahonWe are delighted to announce that Joe Mahon has agreed to continue his role as Patron of the Best Kept initiative. Joe is a well known face from our TV screens, most recently presenting UTV’s Lesser Spotted Journeys. We look forward to seeing Joe at our forthcoming events.