We are over the moon to announce that Wexford Tidy Towns has won a Gold Medal in the 2021 SuperValu National Tidytowns Competition!!!!
Thank you and congratulations to all of the volunteers who gave their time, ideas and friendship to our group, and who turned out in all kinds of weathers throughout the year to attain this fantastic achievement.
Thanks also to Wexford Local Authorities, Staff and Councillors, who have been a huge support over the years, facilitated all of our projects, and funded and carried out improvements to our town’s environment based on requests from our group and recommendations from the Annual Adjudicator’s reports. Some councillors are regular attendees at our cleanup and other projects.
A big thanks to the many Wexford Businesses who have helped by keeping their own premises clean and bright, to those who have participated in our annual Summer Wexford in Bloom project, and others who have kindly provided tea/coffee and refreshment to our volunteers at the end of the hard hours of work making our town sparkle.
Not forgetting the many Housing Estates and Community Groups who regularly organize their own cleanups and plantings and keep their areas in top condition. We provide assistance for these teams with litter-pickers, bags, gloves and organize collection of the rubbish.
This is the first time Wexford have won Gold in the competition, having won Bronze Medals in 2013-2016 and Silver Medals in 2017, 2018, and 2019 ( No competition was held in 2020 ). Now we begin the push for Gold#2 in 2022!!
Chairperson, Wexford Tidy Towns
On Monday 20th September, the final touches have been put to a wonderful town art project. In June, we commissioned artist David Mahon to transform the archway leading into McCauley’s carpark from Dunne’s stores. Featuring iconic images of Wexford, including Wexford Bridge, Hook Lighthouse, and Kilmore, it has surprised and delighted the hundreds of people who use this carpark entrance every day.
Mural of Wexford iconic sites at entrance to McCauley’s car park Wexford
Click on the link below to see the work in progress! ( opens in new window )
Wexford Street Art – Work in Progress
The flowering of the town, both in communal areas and for local businesses committed to flowering their own premises, requires planning by our team from early April, with the ordering of the window boxes, the selection of flowers and plants, and the expertise of the nursery in tending to them to produce an explosion of colour at just the right time to provide the uplifting and dazzling colour transformation of the town in early June.
Unfortunately, in 2020, the Covid situation meant that, for the first time in 10 years, we were unable to carry out this beautiful transformation. For 2021, however, we made the decision to put the machinery in motion, and all of the flower displays are being implemented on June 1st. Our planting collaboration with the nursery will ensure that there will be a rainbow of colours in the town all the way to September!
We wanted to reach out to the community, and particularly youth, who were so negatively impacted by the pandemic. Working with the schools, we were able to help teachers and students to choose and implement projects, again with Tidy Towns providing advice, equipment and practical facilities. In the past few weeks we worked with a group of students from Selskar College on their Project where they made 2 wooden wheelbarrow planters constructed in Mr. Ryans class.
Selskar College Wheelbarrow Planters
Selskar College Wheelbarrow Planters
In a recent collaberation with IT Carlow, Wexford Campus, we provided advice and assistance to student Ilaria Berardi for her concept of an “Earth Bin” Installation. Her innovative creation was displayed on Wexford Quays to enormous interest, and within 2 hours, the “Earth Bin” had been filled with rubbish by passers-by.
Earth Bin – a concept by Ilaria Berardi
Check out the posts on Wexford Tidy Towns Facebook Page to keep up with all the good things we’ve been getting up to!
– 25th June. We were at Farmleigh House today, as we were shortlisted for the Ireland’s Best Kept Town Awards – an all-island competition which sees the best towns in the TidyTowns competition compete against their counterparts in Northern Ireland’s Best Kept competition. We were delighted to finish runner-up in the Best Kept Large Urban Centre category. Congratulations to Bangor, County Down who pipped us to first place in the category, to Bantry Co. Cork who won the overall award, as well as the Best Kept Small Town category, and to all the other category winners and runners-up.
– 10th June. Thanks so much to the ten volunteers who did a great job on a Monday evening, weeding, planting and cleaning in 1798 Street and environs.
– 8th June. Grasscutting and clean-up at the Angel Garden, Ferrybank, before the “Life after Loss” Vigil.
– Flowering the town with Wexford In Bloom:
Wexford Tidy Towns volunteers continued their trojan efforts to keep Wexford clean and beautiful in the later Autumn and Winter months. Action Days and clean-ups saw lots of tasks tackled included planting around the town in areas such as Kennedy Park and Peters Square and four window boxes at the Wesleyan Church. Volunteers did lots of litter picking, sweeping and painting around the town. Wexford Tidy Towns even had a meeting with Santa in December in his new location on the Quays of Wexford! Check out the photos below to see some of the activities we got up to during these months. We just want to say thank you to all the Wexford Tidy Towns volunteers for helping keeping our beautiful town as litter free as possible.
Another big achievement for Wexford Tidy Towns group during this time was our trip to Tipperary on 20th November to collect our Silver Award and the Clean Air Award at the SuperValu South East Region Tidy Towns Awards having been awarded these at the National Tidy Town Awards in September. It was great to see all our hard work rewarded and we couldn’t have done it without everyone’s efforts. Have a read of the adjudicators report here.
Thank you to all those who helped us in any way in 2017 the volunteers who turned up for clean-ups, local residents who cleaned their own areas, businesses who maintained their premises or donated to our efforts, and every individual who cleans up after themselves. Remember to bin your litter and butts, pick up after your dog, report illegal dumping and we always need more Volunteers, so please join us and help us maintain our Silver Award and win Gold for Wexford in the future just get in touch or turn up at one of our clean-ups. Thanks for the continued support from the community and local businesses. Everyone can help keep Wexford clean and beautiful!
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 thejournal.ie 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.