National Tidy Towns Competition

One of the most frequent topics discussed at our events is how to improve the marks of those areas which participate in the National Tidy Towns competition.

You can access a lot of information through the Tidy Towns website,

We have identified two main factors in the marking process:

the quality of your application – if you don’t highlight something in your form, then how can it be judged?
Also, the judges like to see that you have a Plan in place and that you’re using it to guide your work

the quality of your work on the ground. There are a number of categories under which entries are awarded points. You should examine your work under each category and identify where there is room for improvement

It can help to:
– concentrate on improving your score in one category at a time
– focus on the special awards eg Notice Nature, or Best Bring Bank to achieve success in the short term.

Click ” target=”_blank”>here for tips on completing the Application Form from national judge, Ann O Leary, who visited the Network in April 2012:

It pays also to visit past winners of the competition. You always pick up some ideas! Reports from our study visits to Tallanstown, Keadue and Newtowncashel can be found on our Activities page

***Changes to Waste Minimisation Category for 2013***
The Tidy Towns organisers have issued notice that there will be some changes to the Waste Minimisation category. The changes are designed to make it clear that the focus of your group’s work here should be on waste prevention. You can get more information here

***More Help on Making Your Application****

Billy Flynn, National Adjudicator, hosted an information night for Network members on April 22nd 2015.  He has kindly allowed us to post his presentations to our website. You can access them via the links below:

TidyTownsOverview Keynotes 2015

CompletingEntryForm Keynotes 2015

TidyTownsSustainableWaste 2015

Debbie Nesbitt, a National Adjudicator with special interest in the Sustainable Waste & Resource Management category, visited us in March, and has given us permission to post her presentation also:

SWARM Monaghan 2015 Debbie Nesbitt


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