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Wicklow County Council’s Tidy Towns, Estates and Sustainable Development Awards 2023 are now open for applications

Wicklow County Council’s Tidy Towns, Estates and Sustainable Development Awards 2023 are now open for applications. The awards are an opportunity to recognise the work done across the county to protect our environment, use resources with more care and develop sustainable communities.

They are open to a wide range of community sectors including schools, businesses, residents’ associations, local environmental campaigns as well as the Tidy Town groups. Any group can apply and people can also nominate a local group or project.

The awards originated as the Tidy Towns Main Street and Estates competition and this is still a core part of the awards. The work of these groups ensures our towns and communities are always presented at their very best while protecting biodiversity and heritage.

The Sustainable Development Awards recognise the innovative work being done in our communities to deliver on Climate Action and protection of our Biodiversity. The awards recognise the diverse range of projects and actions delivered whether by local groups, our schools and the business community.

Wicklow County Council Chief Executive, Emer O’Gormon, said: “The Tidy Town groups around the county have long been valued and dynamic contributors to the wellbeing of the communities they are embedded within, and we have been delighted to see these awards expand over recent years to encompass other groups seeking to implement actions which improve the environment in which we live and on which we depend.”

Topics covered include waste, energy, biodiversity and water. Groups are also able to nominate a local champion. Awards are presented in the following categories:

  • Biodiversity, Wildlife and Natural Amenities Award
  • Built Environment Award
  • Business Award
  • Climate Change Award
  • Coast Care Award
  • Communal Gardening Award
  • Energy Award
  • Landscaping Award
  • Local Champion
  • Schools Awareness Award
  • Schools Biodiversity Award
  • Schools Climate Change Award
  • Sustainable Food Award
  • Sustainable Tourism/Recreation Award
  • Trees Award
  • Youth Environmental Champion Award
  • Waste Minimisation Award
  • Water Conservation Award
  • Water Protection of Resources Award

Cllr Aoife Flynn Kennedy, Cathaoirleach of Wicklow County Council, stated: “Environmental action led by community groups, and through schools and local businesses play a crucial role in addressing the issues surrounding climate change and biodiversity loss. We want to continue to recognise and encourage this grass-roots response to these challenges”.

Applications are available from the Environmental Awareness Office by emailing eao@wicklowcoco.ie or downloading the form at https://www.wicklow.ie/Living/News-Events/wicklow-county-councils-tidy-towns-and-sustainable-development-awards-2023.

The closing date for all entries is Sunday, July 16th, except for schools, which have an extension until Friday the 8th of September. Contact the Environmental Awareness Office for further information.