TOP MARKS FOR WICKLOW
WICKLOW TIDY Towns are the toast of the county after finishing first in the Garden County leader-board and achieving their first-ever Gold medal. The marks for Wicklow town increased all categories in this year’s Tidy Towns competition. The judges reserved particular praise for a number of initiatives, including the involvement of volunteers from the Direct Provision Centre in the Grand Hotel.
The judges also heaped praise on the mural project undertaken in the Abbey Street carpark. It was described as ‘educational, informative, and an attractive splash of colour’ in the judges report.
The archaeological study carried out on the Black Castle was described as ‘fascinating’ and the split levels of The Mall were recognised as a ‘beautiful characteristic’ of Wicklow town.
It was the first time Tidy Towns judges had visited the Abbey Grounds and they were suitably impressed. The Tidy Towns orchard garden project was commended. One adjudicator stated that their favourite part of the town was Bachelors Walk, along with its thoughtfully planted flower beds.
Now Wicklow Tidy Towns have a number of projects lined up for the near-future as they endeavour to continue their upward spiral in the national competition.
Wicklow Tidy Towns Chairperson, Andrew Lawless, said the group were thrilled with their success.