The aims of the project were to assist community groups to develop and implement action projects which can be used as examples for other communities who may wish to follow their lead.
Speaking at the event An Cathaoirleach Cllr Cormac Devlin stated
"Winning this national award is yet another example of the good work that is achieved where the Council and the community work together."
Co-ordinator of the Biodiversity in Action programme County Council Environmental Awareness Officer Dean Eaton said that
"The dedication and enthusiasm shown by all the different members of our community that I have worked with on this project, shows that there is a keen interest for protecting and enhancing the biodiversity of our local environment."
The full details of the four projects are:
Project 1 – Pollinator Friendly Community, using the All Ireland Pollinator Plan as a guide, with Kilcross Estate Management Forum and local naturalists.
Project 2 – Native Orchard, create a 150 tree orchard by grafting scion wood taken from fruit trees held at the National collection (UCD) onto rootstocks in an effort to safeguard the survival of these rare native cultivars, with Shankill Tidy Towns and UCD.
Project 3 – Brimstone Butterfly Project, create a new habitat for the Brimstone Butterfly by planting its host plant, the Alder Buckthorns, with Marley Grange Resident Association and local naturalists.
Project 4 – Brent Geese Project, support the development of a nature friendly campus with special consideration given to the Brent Geese, with Blackrock College and BirdWatch Ireland.