Tidy Towns

TidyTowns LogoThe national Tidy Towns initiative is an annual 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.

Congratulations

Congratulations to all involved in Tidy Towns in Offaly.
The results of the SuperValu TidyTowns National Awards were announced on 26th September 2016.  Well done to Birr Tidy Towns on their Award for National Overall Winner of the Pollinator Award sponsored by Local Authorities. Geashill Tidy Towns kept their first place in the county, Clonbullogue second place and Tullamore Tidy Towns in third place. Congratulations to Pullough Tidy Towns on their Endeavour award.

2016 Adjudication Reports for Offaly are available to view here

National Spring Clean

April is the month when local Tidy Towns Groups, Residents Associations and Community Groups, as well as schools, make a concerted effort to clean up their towns and villages. The efforts of all the groups who participate in this programme are much appreciated by Offaly County Council.

In order to support this voluntary work, the Council offers litter pickers, gloves and bags free of charge as well as collecting the bags of litter when the litter pick is completed.

To avail of your free National Spring Clean pack or to arrange a collection, please contact the Environment & Water Services Department on 057 9357403.

Funding Update

Local Agenda 21 application process is advertised each year in national and local press. The 2017 Scheme will be announced in April/May 2017.  Further information is available from Caroline Clancy, Environmental Awareness Officer, Offaly County Council. Phone 057 9346872 or email cclancy@offalycoco.ie

Offaly Tidy Towns Network

The Tidy Towns Network holds 3 meetings per year to support the work of the voluntary Tidy Towns committees in Offaly.

If you want details on these meetings please contact us on 057 93 57401, or email community@offalycoco.ie and we will add you to our contact/mailing list for upcoming meetings and funding supports.

Tidy Towns Network Meeting:

Offaly Tidy Towns Network Meeting, Offaly County Council offices, Charleville Road,TullamoreWednesday 8th February May 2017 at 7.00pm

The Agenda for the meeting is as follows;

  1. Overview of Special Awards available – pick one for your town or village and focus on it  in 2017!
  2. Tree Council Award – Joint Winners in 2015 – Pat Foley
  3. National Pollinator Award – Winners Birr 2016 - Fiona Devery
  4. Basil Mannion – Water awareness – a new resource
  5. Funding update – OLDC, Heritage Council and Waterways Ireland

Offaly Tidy Towns Network Meeting, Offaly County Council offices, Charleville Road,Tullamore - Tuesday 3rd May 2016 at7.00pm

Topics for discussion

Offaly Tidy Towns Network Meeting, Offaly County Council offices, Charleville Road,Tullamore - Tuesday 1st March 2016 at7.00pm

Topics for discussion

  • The All Ireland Pollinator Plan – a major national initiative for the Wildlife Category
  • Funding opportunities in 2016
  • Collective ideas for support for Tidy Towns groups  

PREVIOUS PROJECTS Included:

Free Electrical & Battery Recycling 2012; Dulux - Lets Colour Project 2011; Sustainable Communities Workshops Sustainable Communities Workshop.pdf (size 54.6 KB)

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Where to Start

  1. The Department of the Environment, Community & Local Government have a handbook for Tidy Towns groups
    National Tidy Towns Unit.
    Phone: 01 88803948 or 053 9117347
    Email: tidytowns@environ.ie
    Website: www.tidytowns.ie

  2. Offaly County Council staff work together in a Tidy Towns Network to help coordinate our response to the needs of local organisations promoting Tidy Towns, as a starting point of contact for your organisation.
    Phone: 057 9357460
    Email: ndowler@offalycoco.ie

The 3 Year PlanA key element of each application for the annual Tidy Towns competition. For assistance with your plan email ndowler@offalycoco.ie
Project Planning, Implementation & FundingOffaly County Councils Heritage Officer, Amanda Pedlow, can help arrange relevant surveys for the built and natural heritage categories and can give advice on project planning, implementation & funding. Email heritage@offalycoco.ie
Advice LeafletsThe Heritage Council have prepared a number of useful advice leaflets:

Conserving and Enhancing Wildlife in Tidy towns

Birds, Bats, Buildings

Guidance for the Care, Conservation and Recording of Historic Graveyards

Useful websites

www.tidytowns.ie

www.birdwatchireland.ie

www.ipcc.ie

www.heritageinschools.ie