The 2018 SuperValu TidyTowns competition is now open for entries.
Now in its 60th year, the competition is administered by the Department of Rural and Community Development and is sponsored by SuperValu. Over the lifetime of the SuperValu TidyTowns competition, generations of TidyTowns volunteers up and down the country have worked to improve the appearance of their locality and make their town or village more attractive for residents and visitors alike.
Speaking at the launch, Martin Kelleher, managing director with SuperValu, said: “This year is an important milestone for SuperValu TidyTowns as it marks the 60th anniversary of the competition. Reaching this landmark is a remarkable achievement both for the competition and the TidyTowns committees who have worked tirelessly over the year to enhance their towns and villages.
“2018 is the 27th year that SuperValu has sponsored TidyTowns. We are delighted to continue our long-running partnership with the competition to help make the communities we live in even better and to recognise the efforts of thousands of volunteers across the country who put in countless hours every week. This year, as we mark the 60th anniversary of TidyTowns, we are calling on volunteers in Co. Westmeath to get involved.
“As Ireland’s leading independent grocery retailer, with our stores owned by entrepreneurs from the local community, we understand the importance of improving the quality of life in the towns and villages that our retailers work and live in."
This year’s competition will also see the addition of the Schools Award, an initiative run by SuperValu that aims to encourage schools in communities across the country to get involved with their local TidyTowns committee and play a part in building better communities. The award aims to encourage greater youth involvement with TidyTowns initiatives, and primary or secondary schools that showcase a significant contribution to their local community are invited to enter this year for the first time.
For entry to the special competitions download your entry form at www.tidytowns.ie