ARKLOW WINS IRELAND’S TIDIEST TOWN
COMMUNITY EFFORT PAYS OFF
ARKLOW came together and won the Best Kept Large town in the country. A key to this success was community involvement.
The Best Kept competition places great emphasis on the level of care and pride shown in the area. Arklow is very fortunate to have strong support in the council, Arklow Town Team, CE scheme and volunteers who all put a lot of effort into various projects to enhance the town.
In the category of Best Kept Large Town, Arklow was up against Ardee and Enniskillen. A panel of judges visited Arklow in May and evaluated the town on the presentation of buildings and monuments, on the approach roads, public areas and on the natural environment.
Sandra Duffy of Arklow Tidy Towns said ‘Arklow was honoured to be nominated this year to represent the county and the country in the Best Kept competition.’
Everyone in Arklow does their part. The community service group maintains the Bloom garden and the playground. The CE scheme helps to keep the town tidy. The Saturday Club go out and do litter picks.
Wicklow County Council also financially supported the Arklow Tidy Towns this year to assist in the completion of projects and encourage volunteers to aim for a gold medal.
Local businesses have provided sponsorship and donated the use of machinery and labour for specific projects.
Last year, the Arklow Tidy Town volunteers put in a tremendous effort and Arklow Tidy Town jumped up an amazing 13 points to win a silver medal.
‘Our passion to drive the town to achieve even more is only possible with community backing,’ said Sandra. ‘To everyone who did their bit, it made a difference. Now the challenge is to build on this achievement as we aim for a gold medal in the national Supervalu TidyTown competition.’
Cleaning up the River walk.