Ballyhoura Development supports a thriving network of Tidy Towns groups across the Ballyhoura area. Since it was established 29 years ago, the Ballyhoura Country Tidy Towns Network has grown to include 36 communities that work together to enhance and develop the natural and built environments of their local communities.

Supports are provided to the Ballyhoura Country Tidy Towns Groups over the course of each year to assist them in building environmental resilience and sustainability to help them to meet the challenges of climate change, biodiversity loss, and economic uncertainty, in drawing up and delivering on their Tidy Towns Plans.  These include:

  • Facilitation of workshops focussed on particular aspects of the Tidy Towns evaluation criteria, with a focus in recent years on the green agenda across all Tidy Towns categories;
  • Application Workshops for the National Tidy Towns competition, and the Ballyhoura Country Annual Tidy Towns Awards;
  • Grants and funding to support development of Tidy Towns Plans;
  • Familiarisation trips; 
  • Clinics with expert specialists on specific elements of Plans;
  • Support with printing of Plans

In June each year, the Ballyhoura Country Tidy Towns Awards takes place.  This Awards Ceremony has been running for 29 years, and was established to recognise and celebrate the achievements of local Tidy Towns Groups, as well as to create an opportunity for groups to learn from, and network with one another.  The Awards are sponsored by Limerick City and County Council, and see six prizes awarded to Ballyhoura Country Tidy Towns Groups, based on improvements in points in the annual competition, in the areas of overall development approach; built environment, landscaping and wildlife; and litter control, waste, tidiness and housing.

Tidy Towns Resources

Biodiversity & Sustainability Newsletter

The latest version of the bi-monthly biodiversity and sustainability newsletter produced by Ballyhoura Development is available to download here.

Hanging Basket and Planter Guides

There may not be a Tidy Towns competition this year, but never has the work of Tidy Towns been so important. With the fine weather, hanging baskets, planters and flushes of colour are giving much needed boosts of pride for people who are staying within 5km limits and taking leisurely strolls in towns and villages across the Ballyhoura area.

Through the work of development of 3-5 year Tidy Towns plans, the focus on biodiversity and has been paramount.

Dr Frances Giaquinto and Linda Gilsenan of Wild Way Garden Design have provided the following hints and tips for designing hanging baskets that are positive for our pollinator friends as well as beautiful to look at and enjoy.

The resources available to download below can help you to enhance your hanging baskets and planters this summer:

Download a guide to enhancing baskets and planters

Download a planting plan

To find out more about the Ballyhoura Tidy Towns Network, contact Rhiannon Laubach at [email protected].

Tidy Towns Initiative 2020

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