Wicklow People (West Edition) - - ADVERTISIN­G FEATURE -

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.

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