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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.

Cavehill Clean Up

Nicola Fitzsimons   Thu 08 Sep 2016

On Friday 2nd September volunteers from A&L Goodbody teamed up with Live Here Love Here to help keep Cavehill Country Park Clean!

Fifteen volunteers left their desks and picked up their litter pickers to clean up one of Belfast’s most popular public parks. Despite the hard efforts of Belfast City Council staff and other volunteers who regularly maintain the site to keep it looking great there was evidence that the nasty litter lout had been about. Drinks bottles and dog poo bags were the most common items found and a single sock was one of the more peculiar items! It is sad to see this beautiful area littered by the rubbish visitors leave behind and spoiling the natural beauty of the country park.

Nicola Fitzsimons, Community Development Officer, Live Here Love Here said “It is unbelievable that people are prepared to carry their rubbish up Cavehill, but won’t carry it back down to put into a bin. I often wonder what tourists think of our beauty spots strewn with bottles, cans and plastic dog poo bags. I urge people to take your litter home or put into the nearest bin and stop treating our parks and mountains as dumping grounds.”

A&L Goodbody said, "We were delighted to be part of such a great initiative, our staff thoroughly enjoyed helping out and the beautiful surroundings of Cavehill Country Park made a very welcome change to the usual office desks!"

The clean up allowed the team of volunteers from A&L Goodbody to show their pride for their local surrounds and to work together to say they Live Here Love Here. If you would like to make a difference in your area whether it be big or small contact Live Here Love Here at enquiries@liveherelovehere.org or visit www.liveherelovehere.org

Live Here Love Here Small Grants Scheme

Nicola Fitzsimons   Fri 01 Jul 2016

The third year of the Live Here Love Here Small Grants Scheme will help communities, schools and groups to take practical action to improve their local environment and support the growth of civic pride throughout Northern Ireland.

The environmental charity, Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful will be working with the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs, Tourism Northern Ireland, local Councils, Choice Housing and Coca-Cola to launch the Live Here Love Here Small Grants Scheme.

The Small Grants Scheme is designed to help groups improve the quality of their local environment by reducing littering and dog fouling; enhancing the environmental management of a local area; contributing to the development of civic pride within a community with a focus on environmental improvements or to enhance or attract tourism to their community through environmental improvements. Interested groups can visit www.liveherelovehere.org for more information and an application pack.

The scheme forms part of the wider Live Here Love Here programme, which includes an innovative media campaign and exciting volunteering opportunities to encourage participation all year round. To learn more please visit www.liveherelovehere.org.

The Small Grants Scheme is open to volunteer groups operating in participating Council areas:

• Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council

• Ards and North Down Borough Council

• Belfast City Council

• Choice Housing (NI wide)

• Coca-Cola (NI wide)

• Derry City and Strabane District Council

• Fermanagh and Omagh District Council

• Mid and East Antrim Borough Council

• Newry, Mourne and Down District Council

This year we are pleased to announce that the Live Here Love Here partnership has grown to include Choice Housing Association and Coca-Cola. They will be providing additional funding to groups who are active either within housing association areas or coastal areas and inland waterways respectively.

Groups will need to complete a simple application form detailing how their project will improve their local environment or community through practical action. The deadline for applications is noon on Monday 1st August 2016.

Ian Humphreys, Chief Executive at Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful, says: “These small grants support voluntary practical action where people want to grow a strong ‘can-do’ community spirit. It is exciting to see the grant scheme growing with the seven councils, DAERA and Tourism NI now joined by Choice Housing and Coca Cola. This simply means more money reaching the places and people whose ambition is to bring about positive change where they live.”

Environment, Agriculture and Rural Affairs Minister, Michelle McIlveen, said: “I very much welcome community groups and local organisations getting involved in protecting and promoting their local environment. The more they participate, the more clean and green their neighbourhoods will be. It is fitting, therefore, that my department is supporting the highly successful “Live Here Love Here” campaign, now in its third year. By supporting the campaign my department is helping Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful and local councils deliver clear tangible benefits for the local community through this excellent grant scheme.”

Michael McDonnell, Chief Executive of Choice Housing said: “Since launching in 2014, Live Here Love Here has supported groups to take small but important actions that have made a big difference in our communities. We all want cleaner streets, with less mess and graffiti, and more green spaces in our neighbourhoods. These grants give everyone a chance to improve their environment and the sense of pride in the places they live.

“Our partnership with the campaign is one of a series of investments that Choice is committing to this year and that enable people to secure tangible benefits and build stronger community spirit. We hope that our support will help amplify the campaign’s efforts to revitalise and reenergise neighbourhoods across Northern Ireland.”

Gillian Shields, Community Affairs Manager with Coca-Cola HBC NI said: “Having supported the Clean Coast Programme for over 9 years we are delighted to be merging the already existing Coca-Cola Coast Care Grant Scheme with the Live Here Love Here Small Grants Scheme. It is my hope that with this funding a wealth of new projects will come into existence that will have a very real impact on the local community, and that’s something Coca-Cola are very happy to support.”

Andy Patterson at Tourism Northern Ireland, says: “A beautiful environment is part of the tourism fabric of Northern Ireland which our visitors greatly value. Last year’s small grants scheme enabled communities to take the lead in making positive changes in their neighbourhoods and deliver improvements around our coastline. We are delighted to support the Small Grants Scheme once again and we are confident that the projects which are enabled by this fund will add to the positive perceptions and profile of our destination by presenting a cleaner, greener Northern Ireland"

For more information on the live Here Love Here Small Grants Scheme please visit www.liveherelovehere.org or contact Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful on 028 9073 6920.

The Clean Coast programme saw more than 4,600 volunteers, in 210 community groups, collect a staggering 28 tonnes of litter from the marine environment in Northern Ireland throughout 2015.

Coca-Cola Clean Coast Week 2016, which runs from 6th – 15th May, is now calling for new recruits across Northern Ireland to get involved in the numerous events and clean-ups taking place along coasts, beaches, rivers and loughs around the province throughout the week.

A joint initiative between Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful and Coca-Cola, the theme of the 2016 awareness week is ‘Enjoy Your Beach, Enjoy Your Beach Clean’. This year’s campaign will run in partnership with An Taisce in the Republic of Ireland and there are a range of cross boarder activities planned including clean up events along Lough Foyle and Carlingford Lough and the opportunity for volunteers to travel to Wexford to carry out a special beach clean ahead of a seal release!

The United Nation Environmental Programme (UNEP) estimates that 8 million individual litter items enter the marine environment every day. Marine litter includes a range of materials which have been deliberately discarded, or accidentally lost on shore or at sea. It includes materials that are carried out to sea from land, rivers, drainage, sewerage systems and even by the wind.

The Clean Coast programme supports communities who are passionate about caring for Northern Ireland’s coastline and inland waterways, and Coca-Cola Clean Coast Week 2016 will see a range of fun and informative events with the aim of raising awareness of the importance of keeping these important natural resources free from litter. Volunteers across Northern Ireland will demonstrate the ethos of “Live Here Love Here” by organising practical clean-ups to reduce the impact of litter on the marine environment.

Coastal celebrations through the week will range from beach fitness activities in Portballintrae incorporating clean-ups, to a ‘balsam bashing’ event at Lagan Valley Regional Park, to halt the spread of the invasive plant. The Coca-Cola Coast Care Awards and annual photography competition will also launch as part of the celebrations.

Dr Ian Humphreys, Chief Executive of Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful said, “The Coca Cola Coast Care programme is making waves with clean-ups removing tonnes of litter from our beautiful coastline. Litter in the sea is a floating time bomb, just waiting to choke marine mammals, turtles and birds. So every piece removed helps save a life. Of course Coast Care volunteers would rather be doing something more constructive than picking up other people’s litter but the mad people are those who don’t put their litter in the bin in the first place.”

2016 sees the 9th year of Coca-Cola’s support of the initiative and Gillian Shields, Community Investment Manager for Coca-Cola HBC Northern Ireland said, “We are delighted to once again partner with Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful, encouraging local communities to come together in celebration of the wonderful natural resource that is our extensive coastline.

“As a global company, Coca-Cola has proud sustainability credentials and it is a source of great pride for us that Coca-Cola HBC recently topped the Dow Jones World and Europe Sustainability Indices in the beverage category for a 2nd consecutive year. Our local business makes an important contribution to these results, with ambitious 2020 targets to reduce our impact on the environment, focussing on water, waste and energy usage. We are pleased that we are on track to deliver against our commitments, with some already achieved ahead of schedule.

“Our partnership with Clean Coast is a further demonstration of our commitment to sustainability, and I would like to take the opportunity to encourage all community groups across the country to get involved in their local events and clean-ups, supporting the important goal of keeping our marine environment litter-free.”

For a full schedule of events please visit www.liveherelovehere.org. All Clean Coast Week activities added to the Live Here Love Here website will also contribute to Clean Europe Week as part of this annual Europe-wide clean-up event.

If you would like to make a difference in your area whether it be coastal or an inland waterway then you can get involved by getting in touch with Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful by or emailing nicola.murray@keepnorthernirelandbeautiful.org . Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful will be able to support your clean ups with equipment and other means of assistance and you may even be nominated for a prestigious award when the summer is over!

Live Here Love Here March Newsletter

Nicola Fitzsimons   Fri 08 Apr 2016

Please take a few moments to enjoy our March 2016 Newsletter full of project updates, news and competitions.

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Live Here Love Here March Newsletter