The 2017 SuperValu TidyTowns competition is open for entries from today 5th April 2017. In its 59th year, the competition is administered by the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs and is sponsored by SuperValu. Through its history, the competition has encouraged voluntary activity and community participation across the country. It has helped to make our villages, towns, and cities better and more attractive places to live, work and do business in.
In reference to the competition, Minister for Regional Economic Development, Michael Ring, T.D. said, “The SuperValu TidyTowns Competition is built on the voluntary effort of ordinary people across Ireland. Its success is a result of that selfless effort. It is a competition, which helps to bring neighbours, with shared values, and shared interests, together to improve their surroundings. Almost all members of a community can contribute to the SuperValu TidyTowns competition, regardless of age, ability or interests. Participating in the competition raises environmental awareness; it encourages communities to look at how they live, how they use resources and to try to create a circular economy, which produces little or no waste. We all have a responsibility to consider the effect of how we live affects others.”
Speaking at the launch, Martin Kelleher, Managing Director, SuperValu said, “SuperValu TidyTowns is one of the longest running sponsorships in Ireland and one that we are extremely proud to be associated. SuperValu TidyTowns celebrates the efforts of communities the length and breadth of Ireland, who year after year work tirelessly in an effort to enhance their towns and villages. As the competition continues to grow, SuperValu is looking forward to continuing its support, having recently been confirmed as sponsor of the competition for the next 5 years.”
“As Ireland’s leading retailer, with locally-owned SuperValu stores in every county in the country, our retailers are embedded in their local communities and through the SuperValu TidyTowns competition, we bring the SuperValu ethos of building vibrant local communities to life on a daily basis - just one of many community initiatives which allow them to give back and support local.”
This year SuperValu are excited to add another dimension to the SuperValu TidyTowns competition with the SuperValu ‘Upcycling Challenge’ which is encouraging TidyTowns committee members to integrate upcycled materials into their beautiful communities, with their efforts supported by local SuperValu retailers around the country. There will also be a series of demonstration videos available online, learn how to recycle palettes to create the perfect bench, upcycle old tyres to make seasonal flowers beds, reuse tea bags and coffee beans to create compost and much more. There are lots of prizes to be won for the winnig photos..
The closing date for receipt of entries for this year’s Supervalu Tidy Towns competitions is 25th May 2017. Entry forms to the SuperValu TidyTowns competition can be obtained from the TidyTowns Unit in the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs – Phone (096-24309) or by visiting www.tidytowns.ie or www.supervalu.ie. Then for entry to the Upcycling Challenge, please download your entry form at www.tidytowns.ie or www.supervalu.ie before 11th August 2017. Or get involved by simply uploading photos of your project to the SuperValu Facebook page or share on Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #supervalutidytowns to enter.