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Divis Mountain wins 'space award'
The mountain lies on the outskirts of Belfast
The mountain offers stunning views of Belfast and beyond
Divis Mountain has won a National Lottery Award after coming first in the Amazing Space category.

Divis Mountain opened for the first time to the public at the end of June.

The area was formerly owned by the Ministry of Defence and was bought by the National Trust last year with the help of a lottery grant of 1.33m.

The awards focused on projects which have benefited children and young people and the winners are voted for by the public.

The mountain is now open to walkers, nature-lovers and sightseers.

About 1,200 volunteering hours were put in to help restore the land to its natural beauty and preserve and protect its wildlife.

Now the public has free access all year round to the mountain, and the vistas of the city and beyond that it offers.

Mike Dobson, the property manager of Divis and Black Mountain, said he was absolutely delighted to receive the accolade.

"Winning this award so soon after the mountain was opened to the public demonstrates how superb this open space is for people in Belfast and beyond," he said.

"This award is for everyone - staff, volunteers, funders, communities and everyone who helped and supported the National Trust to realise this breathtaking vision."

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