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August to October 2017 with Wexford Tidy Towns

We had a wonderful Summer with Wexford Tidy Towns, lots of clean-ups and projects around the town were undertaken. Thanks to Wexford in Bloom the town looked blooming wonderful all Summer long and into the early Autumn months. The baskets and window boxes around the town looked amazing and brightened up the area for all the locals and visitors. Meanwhile our volunteers were hard at work weeding and maintaining some of the flower beds around the town. Also thanks to local retailers for the donation of flowers we really appreciate them so we can cover more areas.


Wexford Tidy Towns volunteers took part in several clean-ups during these months. We litter picked, swept, planted, weeded and tackled some Japanese Knotweed. We even got to try out some new cleaning machines that made some of these tasks easier. Volunteers were up in the Rocks in Maudlintown tackling knotweed and doing a general clean of the area collecting over 35 bags of rubbish and knotweed from that area. We were back along the Quays and Grogans road for more painting, sweeping, and litter picking and in Peters Square for some planting. We also got the lane ways and Ferrybank litter picked and tackled the field beside the Clinic in Grogans Road. See some photos of our hardworking Wexford Tidy Town Volunteers undertaking some of these tasks below. Thank you everyone who came out and joined us at our clean-ups, new volunteers are always welcome.


One local initiative we would like to highlight is the installation of book boxes by Wexford Little Free Library the first one is located at The Bullring and the second in Redmond Park with wonderful artwork on them done by local artists. The one in Redmond Park is dedicated to children’s books. So keep an eye out for these around the town bring along a book you would like to donate and take a different one. Check out their Facebook Page for future plans and locations of new boxes around Wexford.

The I.B.A.L. results (Irish Business Against Litter) for 2017 saw Wexford joint 26th out of 40 towns which was a drop in the rankings compared to last years results. We would encourage businesses and residents to look after their own places and hopefully we can climb back up the ranks again next year. Thanks to all those who are helping maintain the cleanliness in their own areas of town.

We were delighted to retain our silver medal in the National Tidy Towns Annual Awards in the Helix, Dublin on 25th September. This is thanks to our fantastic team of volunteers who help keep our town clean and beautiful. Check out the Adjudicators report here. We will continue to work towards the Gold Award and appreciate any support from local volunteers, residents and businesses.

Thank you to all those who helped us achieve this Silver Award. We always need more volunteers so get in touch to see how you can help or please join us at one of our clean-ups. Thank you for the continued support from the community and local businesses. Everyone can help keep Wexford clean and beautiful!

Posted in Biodiversity, Cleanups, Tidy Towns Competition, Tidy Towns News

Wexford Tidy Towns Summer 2017

The Wexford Tidy Towns volunteers and committee were out in force during the Summer months around our town. A huge amount of work was done and great results were achieved to keep Wexford clean and beautiful. We were out many times during June and July meeting regularly for our weekend Action Days where we focused on one area intensively and during weekday evenings on the Main Street and laneways of the town. Streets were swept, weeds were removed, painting was done, flowers were planted, hedges were cut, litter was picked and many more tasks were undertaken by our volunteers throughout the town. We always welcome new volunteers so please get in touch or come along to one of our clean-ups.

Well done to the residents of Trinity Street who we were delighted to meet with on the 4th July. We provided them with bags, litter pickers and gloves and they agreed to meet up every two weeks to keep the place just the way they like it. If you would like to arrange a similar clean-up of your own area we encourage residents to get in touch with us to see how we can help.


Thanks to Wexford Men’s Shed who made a new flower box to replace the broken one in Peter’s Square we were so happy with it. Thanks to Aldi and Lidl for their donation of plants throughout the Summer. The support to Tidy Towns is much appreciated and helps us flower up more areas of the town. We also had the Gum Litter launch by Wexford County Council in June to help encourage people to dispose of their gum responsibly and we have being distributing gum wraps to local businesses and people in Wexford.

It is great to see the Community Garden blooming this Summer which can be found on Hill Street between the Chamber of Commerce Offices and Redmond Park Wexford. Lots of herbs, lettuce, strawberries and other fruits, flowers and vegetables can be found in the garden with plans for fruit trees in the Autumn. Well done to all the groups whose hard work is helping this garden to grow with different local organisations minding different beds.

Wexford in Bloom was back delivering over 500 window boxes and baskets of colourful floral displays to businesses and residents in our town early in the Summer. Thanks to all those who took part in this great scheme and to the terrific hard work of the Wexford in Bloom committee who help brighten up our town for the community and visitors to the area, makes the town look fantastic.


Thanks for the continued support from the community and local businesses. We are always looking for more volunteers just get in touch or turn up at one of our clean-ups. Everyone can help keep Wexford clean and beautiful!

Posted in Biodiversity, Cleanups, Tidy Towns Competition, Tidy Towns News

Wexford Tidy Towns May 2017

Wexford Tidy Towns are looking forward to a wonderful Summer in our town and started off the month of May with an open Tidy Towns meeting held on May 4th at Fusion Café for any of our current volunteers and anyone who wanted to join or was interested in finding out more about us. We got some great feedback and all your comments and suggestions were greatly appreciated, if we all put our heads together who knows what we will achieve.

During our Saturday Action Days in May we focused on several different areas of the town. We returned to St. Peter’s Square for a cleanup, paint and tidy of the lovely flowerbeds and boxes there and to tidy up the flowers around the fountain. Another day we spent on the lane ways of the town which were litter picked and swept clean by the wonderful volunteers.

This month also saw the return of the evening clean-ups during the week for the Summer months ahead, with the longer evening and better weather these will help keep the town looking good. On Wednesdays we met at 6pm in the Bullring and on Fridays we met outside A.I.B. at 6pm. We would be delighted to see you at these evening cleanups or at our regular Saturday mornings ones, everyone is always welcome.

We have also being out painting flower boxes around town and with the arrival of Wexford in Bloom’s baskets and boxes of flowers lining the streets of our town thanks to the local businesses and residents who participate in this wonderful annual scheme, we can see Wexford is looking ‘blooming’ wonderful!

On 20th May 11 of the Tidy Towns volunteers went to visit beautiful Skerries thanks to the Journal Journeys competition and Irish Rail scheme which gave free group train journeys. Skerries won the Tidy Towns competition in 2016, we met a lovely lady from their Tidy Towns committee there called Mary Conway and discussed the great work done by Tidy Towns and the benefits to the volunteers who take part too in these local Tidy Town groups around Ireland. Check out this article from to see how we got on: ‘It’s not just about tidiness, it gives you a network and set of friends’

Some members of the committee were also invited to attend the I.C.A. monthly meeting so they could let us tell them what we do and what we need from organisations like themselves. They are very happy to come on board with Tidy Towns and we are always delighted to work with any organisation to keep Wexford clean and beautiful, just get in touch.

The National Tidy Towns Competition judging will start in June. We will be out every Saturday morning and during some weekday evenings. If you can’t make our cleanups you can also help by keeping outside your home/business litter free, painted and swept. Best of luck to all Tidy Town groups around Ireland for the 2017 competition. Thanks to our volunteers for their continued efforts and to the community of Wexford Town for their support. We look forward to the coming Summer months as we work together to keep our town clean and beautiful.

Posted in Biodiversity, Cleanups, Events, Tidy Towns Competition, Tidy Towns News

Wexford Tidy Towns April 2017

We started off on the 1st April doing a great spring clean in the town with the use of new machinery including a sweeper, cigarette hoover and wheelie bin, delighted to have these to help us to keep Wexford clean and beautiful. On the 8th April 35 people (and 2 dogs!) turned out for the big Spring Clean at the Rocks, Maudlintown. We collected a stunning 80 bags of rubbish including lots of cans, 1 trolley, 2 fire extinguishers and 1 gas bomb among many other items. Thanks to the volunteers who joined us on the day and it was great to work with other local organisations in the area during this Action Day including St. Mary’s Maudlintown.


During the month of April several other projects were underway. Members of Wexford Tidy Towns identified places for new cigarette bins to go up outside premises in the town. A special thanks to Fun Palace on the quay who were very happy to have one outside their business and they also gave a €100 donation to Wexford Tidy Towns. We really appreciate it as we are a voluntary organisation and we will put the money to good use. Graffiti from Fettit’s Lane was removed and great work was done to paint this and other areas around our town in April.

One of our Action Days took place in the Carcur road area (although tremendous work was done by our volunteers) we were so disappointed to see so much dog fouling, including many dog fouling plastic bags used and then just thrown over the wall! Wexford works with MuttMitts Ireland so there is a plentiful supply of dog fouling bags in the many dispensers and bins around the town, please use them and dispose of them responsibly afterwards. We recommend you always carry plastic bags if you are bringing your dog for a walk. A quick visit to local shops shows there are plenty of inexpensive choices available to buy as well as the many MuttMitt bag dispensers around town. So, there are no excuses please clean up after your dogs.


We have had some reports of illegal dumping, we encourage the public who see any illegal dumping to please ring (053) 9196313 or email

Wexford in Bloom are also working hard on getting ready for the Summer months ahead of flowering up the town with the support of local businesses and residents. So keep an eye out for the flower baskets and boxes arriving next month.

Thank you for the continued support from the Wexford Town community and our wonderful volunteers. Please come and join us if you can at any of our regular clean-ups, we need all the volunteers we can get. We need to keep our silver medal and work towards getting the gold award, and we can’t do it without you.

Posted in Biodiversity, Cleanups, Events, Tidy Towns Competition, Tidy Towns News

January to March 2017 with Wexford Tidy Towns

Wexford Tidy Towns were back on the streets of Wexford in January helping keep our town clean and beautiful. We got to try out our new machinery including our new vacuum cleaner which will be a great help in collecting all those cigarette butts. Thanks to the experts for their specialist training. We look forward to using them on our future Action Days, they have been great to use on several of our Action Days so far.


We returned to Peter’s Square for more planting and weeding and nurturing in this area, that got an extensive make over last year during several of our Action Days, a lovey spot in our town. There was a practical workshop held in the 1798 Street Gardens by Betsy Hickey in March with some of our Wexford Tidy Towns volunteers there and we will be returning here soon to plant lots of bee friendly plants. We encourage everyone to plant something for the bees, for ideas check out our page here.


Some future Action Days to note are:

  • Saturday April 1st carpark beside Aspel’s Pub, at 10am, for our spring clean Action Days. We will have our new machinery there!
  • Saturday April 8th the rocks lane Maudlintown at 10am. Christy Lane, who is running for Mayor of Maudlintown, will also be there. Every euro Christy gets will count as a vote, the more euros the more votes. Money will go to Mary’s for a new football field so please join us if you can and bring a euro or two with you for the great cause.
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    Please consider joining Tidy Towns we would be delighted to see some new faces. You will meet new friends, get plenty of fresh air and exercise but most of all you will get the greatest satisfaction of keeping the town you love looking the way you always want it to look. Message us on our Facebook Page, or email us at

    Posted in Biodiversity, Cleanups, Events, Tidy Towns Competition, Tidy Towns News

    October to December 2016 with Wexford Tidy Towns

    Wexford Tidy Towns was hard at work during the last few months of 2016. October is always a busy month in the town with the Opera Festival when we welcome lots of visitors to our town. Thanks to Danny Conway and Barnardos who had Wexford Tidy Towns as their Heart of the Town Theme in their window during the Opera Festival. Well done to Wexford Tidy Towns volunteer Philomena Murphy also who was put forward by Chris Culleton and others for all her voluntary work with Wexford Tidy Towns. She was nominated for a volunteer prize from Southeast Radio and enjoyed a lovely night out at the Opera during the festival, well deserved.

    On November 3rd Denis, Mary and Phil were off to Tipperary to collect our first ever Sliver medal at the Tidy Town Awards Presentation Ceremony, it was great to meet all the winners of Tidy Towns on the night.


    Thank you to everyone who looks after their own work place and home, by taking pride in your premises, and all the people who supported us during the year. Without us all working together we wouldn’t have achieved the silver medal. Thanks to several local businesses, who have donated plants and shrubs, we have been able to flower up many areas of Wexford. We also want to say a big thank you to Tesco Wexford for their kind hospitality, providing us with a lovely room with lots of cakes, biscuits tea/coffee for our monthly Tidy Towns meeting. We really appreciate the warm welcome.

    Tidy Towns would like to thank all our volunteers who join us regularly on our clean-ups, during the last few months they have done tremendous work keeping areas such as the Bullring, the Main Street, Whiterock Hill, Talbots Green, Peter’s Square and many more clean and tidy. We would love to see some new faces so please join us in the New Year and help us keep our silver award and work towards the gold award next! Looking forward to working with you all again in 2017.


    Posted in Cleanups, Tidy Towns Competition, Tidy Towns News

    Wexford Tidy Town Summer/Autumn 2016

    Wexford Tidy Towns were delighted to welcome Members of the Canadian Missions Team back to Wexford this Summer. They along with Wexford Christian Community Church Youth Group and Wexford Tidy Towns headed to Redmond Park on 25th July to paint, weed, litter pick and plant some flowers. The next day the Canadian Christian group joined us out on the Redmond Road to clean and transform this area. They were a lovely bunch of people and great workers. Thank you all so much for your contribution, thanks to Pastor Daniel for bringing them to us and thank you Paul, Cathy and Carolyn for all your hard work. We hope to have you all back next year.

    Our Summer evening clean-ups continued in the town, Westgate was regularly tidied and cleaned, the Bullring was litter picked mostly of cigarette butts and the flower tubs were weeded and watered. We also held a number of Action Days during the Summer months. The old Presbyterian Church in Row Street got a facelift thanks to our volunteers on 6th August due to their painting, weeding and planting. Great work was done by, Ger Murphy, Joe Doyle and Joe Ryan, before our Action Day to prepare the area for painting.

    We met August, 27th and September 10th in the car park behind Kennedy Park. Well done to everyone who took part to improve this area. We were very happy with the results. There was litter removed from Saint Aidans, Kennedy Park and Whiterock Hill. On September 17th we held our Action Day along the Quays removing lots of rubbish from the rock area there, over 21 bags were collected.

    Thank to our volunteers for their continued support and help they are making a huge difference in our town, keeping Wexford clean and beautiful. We have the Tidy Town Awards coming up soon in the Helix on September 26th. We look forward to hopefully seeing all our hard work be recognised on this important day for us.

    Posted in Cleanups, Events, Tidy Towns Competition, Tidy Towns News