Tidy Towns is an annual national competition organised by the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government with the support of the main sponsor SuperValu and many other agencies.
The competition involves participating areas being rated on all aspects of their local environment and prizes awarded to the best under many different categories.
The overall winner is “Ireland’s Tidiest Town” which is announced at a national ceremony in September each year. This year, the results will be announced at a ceremony in The Helix on Monday September 30th, 2019.
In addition to the main competition, special competitions and awards are held each year under Tidy Towns which highlight particular local environmental activities.
Tree Project Award
The TidyTowns Tree Project Award is a special competition sponsored by the Tree Council of Ireland. This award recognises the huge impact that properly positioned trees can have in a town or village and the importance of having the right tree in the right place. For example, planting a series of fast growing trees for instant effect could have long term implications for footpath or street management.
It is essential, therefore, that careful thought is put into not only the planting but also the management of the trees over their life-span. This award also seeks, where appropriate, to raise awareness and promote initiatives to enhance the protection of old and established trees that are of natural, historical, cultural, botanical or landscape significance within a community.
Such trees may include those listed in the Tree Council of Ireland’s Register of Heritage Trees. Consideration should be given to the planting of memorial trees to commemorate the anniversary of an event with specific resonance with the Town/Village i.e.Centenary of WW1 or the Battle of Clontarf etc.
A certificate and a prize of €1,000 are awarded to the TidyTowns Committee which has demonstrated the highest tree placement and maintenance standards.
To enter the Tree Project Award, download and complete the entry form