Environment Minister Mark H Durkan has announced that Omagh Early Years Centre will receive support under the DOE’s Challenge Fund.
The group will be offered £4,000 to complete their ‘Storybook Garden’ project. This will see the creation of an outdoor environmental learning area from an overgrown and unsightly space.
In June this year, the Minister invited applications from community groups and schools to carry out projects that would improve their local environment. Today he announced that 32 schools and nurseries across Northern Ireland will be offered £90,245 the Challenge Fund for the Environmental Education projects.
Announcing the successful projects Mark H Durkan said: “It is fantastic to see the passion that our young people have in the protection and enhancement of the environment. I am delighted that my Department is able to support Omagh Early Years Centre as they create an environmental learning area. As well as greatly encouraging biodiversity, their project will help the children and wider community to explore and enjoy their local wildlife.
“This investment in children and young people is vital, not only for the local environment and wider community in the present, but for generations to come.”The Minister continued: “I pledged that the 5p levy on carrier bags would be ploughed back into the environment. The Challenge Fund is one way of doing that.
“I commend all the Challenge Fund applicants for their desire to carry out real environmental action within their communities, and I am looking forward to seeing the outcomes of these 32 schools projects in the coming months.”