About Best Kept Awards

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 Cities, 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.

Who can enter?

Entries are generally made via Local Authorities, Housing Associations and Residents Groups. In the Schools and Healthcare categories entries are submitted by individual facilities. Northern Ireland Amenity Council would wish to acknowledge the valuable contributions made by Local Councils and the Northern Ireland Housing Executive.


How to enter?

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


Our Patron –
Joe Mahon

We 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.


The Northern Ireland Amenity Council was established to promote for public benefit, the protection preservation and improvement of the physical environment in Northern Ireland. These objectives are pursued strictly in a non-party political manner and without discrimination, either religious, political, or sexual.

To further these objectives, the Council administers the various Best Kept competitions.