Minister Heather Humphreys launches 2022 SuperValu TidyTowns Competition

Heather Humphreys, Minister for Rural and Community Development and Ian Allen, managing director, SuperValu.

Closing date for entries to this year's competition is Friday, 20 May 2022

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The Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys, in association with the managing director of SuperValu,  Ian Allen, launched the 2022 SuperValu TidyTowns competition today.

In place since 1958, the competition, which continues to grow from strength to strength, is administered by the Department of Rural and Community Development and sponsored by SuperValu.

“It is wonderful to be here in Ennis, Ireland’s Tidiest Town, to launch the 2022 SuperValu TidyTowns competition,” said Minister Humphries.

“Seeing the competition back to its normal cycle is very welcome news and no doubt thousands of TidyTowns volunteers across the country are thrilled to see the competition back in full swing,” she continued. “TidyTowns groups have shown great strength in recent times and have continued to put their shoulder to the wheel in keeping our towns and villages and indeed the country, looking its best, when we needed it most.”

The Minister also said that her Department’s aim is to “support vibrant, inclusive and sustainable communities throughout Ireland”, and that the initiative offered is “a great way to get involved in community life”. As such she encouraged everyone, young and old, to get involved in their local TidyTowns groups. “You might be surprised at how much you will benefit as well as your community,” Minister Humphries said.

“I also commend our sponsor, SuperValu, for their continuing support and enthusiasm and for all they do in raising awareness of the competition,” she added. “Now in their 31st year of sponsorship, they continue through their nationwide network of retailers to make the competition one of the best known sustainable and environmental initiatives in Ireland.”

During the 31 years that SuperValu has now been supporting the competition, SuperValu MD Ian Allen, commented on the growth they had observed take place within the competition.

“There is a great opportunity to continue the evolution of SuperValu TidyTowns,” Allen said, “enabling us to engage and empower people around the country to create sustainable communities, recognising the value of our biodiversity, and coming together to play our part in response to climate change. We look forward to working with colleagues, friends and neighbours in communities around the country to make this a reality and we encourage people to contact their local SuperValu TidyTowns committee to join the efforts being made to build more sustainable communities for all.”

Now well into its seventh decade, the competition continues to attract new entrants and continues to grow. This year again, some new and exciting special awards with great prizes have been introduced and all groups are encouraged to consider entering some of these awards. These include an award on Bat Conservation, redesigned awards on climate action and air quality and the continuation of the Young Persons in TidyTowns award.

The closing date for receipt of entries for this year’s competition is Friday, 20 May 2022. Entry will only be accepted by email to the tidytowns@drcd.gov.ie address. Entry forms to the SuperValu TidyTowns competition will be emailed to all registered groups or can be obtained from the TidyTowns Unit in the Department of Rural and Community Development (Phone: 01 773 6912) or by visiting www.tidytowns.ie or www.supervalu.ie.

Full details of the competition are available on www.tidytowns.ie.

 

 

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