The Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys, in association with the managing director of SuperValu, Ian Allen, has today (April 7 2022) launched the 2022 SuperValu TidyTowns competition.
In place since 1958, the competition continues to grow from strength to strength.
It is administered by the Department of Rural and Community Development and sponsored by SuperValu.
Speaking at the launch of the competition in Ennis this morning, Minister Humphreys, said, “Seeing the competition back to its normal cycle is very welcome news and no doubt thousands of TidyTowns volunteers across the country are thrilled to see the competition back in full swing.
"TidyTowns groups have shown great strength in recent times and have continued to put their shoulder to the wheel in keeping our towns and villages and indeed the country, looking its best, when we needed it most.”
Minister Humphreys noted that her department, "Strives to support vibrant, inclusive and sustainable communities throughout Ireland, and SuperValu TidyTowns is a great way to get involved in community life."
"I would encourage young and old to get involved in your local TidyTowns groups. You might be surprised at how much you will benefit as well as your community," she said.
"The role my Department plays in this competition continues to give me great satisfaction as we support and recognise the work of local communities."
Now well into its seventh decade, the competition 'continues to attract new entrants and continues to grow'.
Also speaking at the launch today, Ian Allen, managing director, SuperValu, said, “It’s great to be launching this year’s SuperValu TidyTowns competition and even better to be doing so in person following a challenging couple of years for everyone. This year marks our 31st year sponsoring the SuperValu TidyTowns competition and in that time, we have seen it grow along the way.
"There is a great opportunity to continue the evolution of SuperValu TidyTowns, enabling us to engage and empower people around the country to create sustainable communities, recognising the value of our biodiversity, and coming together to play our part in response to climate change."
"This year again we see some new and exciting special awards with great prizes and all groups are encouraged to consider entering some of these awards," SuperValu highlighted.
"These include an award on Bat Conservation, redesigned awards on climate action and air quality and the continuation of the Young Persons in TidyTowns award," it added.
The closing date for receipt of entries for this year’s competition is Friday 20 May 2022.
According to SuperValu entries will only be accepted by email to the [email protected] address.
Entry forms to the SuperValu TidyTowns competition will be emailed to all registered groups or can be obtained from the TidyTowns Unit in the Department of Rural and Community Development, phone: 01 773 6912) or by visiting here or here