Top tips for Tidy Towns competition

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09.10.2018. Athea and Kilteely strike gold as final decision is too close to call. There were double the celebrations at the Limerick Going For Gold grand final as Athea and Kilteely were jointly named as overall winners of the Limerick Going For Gold competition for 2018. Pictured at the event were, Catherine Duggan, Mike Burke, Nancy Lane, Breda Moloney, Kathleen Ryan and Nelly Warren, Caherconlish Tidy Towns. Picture: Alan Place

Limerick City and County Council is hosting a free seminar where top tips in how to succeed in the Tidy Towns competition will be on offer.

Community groups, organisations, and individuals are invited to attend Limerick’s Annual Tidy Towns Seminar taking place in the Great National South Court Hotel, Raheen on Tuesday 11 February 2020 from 6.15pm.

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It is the 8th annual seminar which aims to support groups with their ongoing work in their Tidy Towns groups along with advice for their application for the 2020 national competition.

Last year 56 groups from right across Limerick took part in Tidy Towns, with all groups who competed in 2018 seeing an increase in their marks in 2019. That is down to the commitment of community groups and volunteers who give up their time to help out.

Adare was once again named as Limerick’s Tidiest Town closely followed by Galbally and Ardpatrick.

Adare was awarded a Silver Medal, with Bronze Medals going to Ardpatrick, Galbally, Castleconnell, Newcastle West, and Limerick City.

The Endeavour Award for Limerick went to Ballyagran, which saw the biggest percentage improvement on marks compared to the previous year.

The guest speaker at this year’s seminar is Tidy Towns Adjudicator Mary Keenan. Mary has a degree in Horticulture and a lecturer in the Botanic Gardens.

She has worked in the Parks and Landscape Department of South Dublin County Council and has been both President and Director of The Tree Council of Ireland.

Sinead McDonnell, Environmental Awareness Officer with Limerick City and County Council said: “Limerick city and County Council organises this seminar to assist groups with their year round work within their own communities via Tidy Towns. Mary Keenan is an experienced Tidy Towns adjudicator and will be giving invaluable insights and advice on applying for Tidy Towns in 2020. If you are involved in Tidy Towns this seminar is must.”

A short presentation on the European Green Leaf project will also be given at the seminar, which will highlight how we can all help in contributing to a greener and more eco-friendly and sustainable Limerick.

To book a place on the FREE seminar check out Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/limerick-tidy-towns-seminar-tickets-89250443479?aff=ebdssbdestsearch