Community Involvement & Planning / Rannpháirtíocht an Phobail & Pleanáil:

Tydavnet is most welcome to the 2017 Tidy Towns competition. Many thanks for your application form with photos and map. No need to apologise! Is evident from reading the form that you are an active group with a strong community spirit. No doubt your attentions will return to wider issues once your bigger projects have been dealt with. You are wished success with funding for the car park extension. Despite you saying that you are scaling back you have an impressive body of committee members and volunteers – something which is a great show of support in your community. Your three-year plan was read with interest and it contains many worthwhile actions. For the purposes of the contest it would be better to group these under the various headings as given in the application form. This would ensure that you progress across all the important areas. You have an excellent network of support agencies and this will stand to you into the future.

Built Environment and Streetscape / An Timpeallacht Thógtha agus Sráid-dreacha:

You have completed a number of material enhancements to your built environment this year, as the photos demonstrate well. The tug-of-war monument certainly is a unique feature. The beautiful St. Dympna’s church dominates the village and is a fine heritage building. Old and new stone walls perfectly complement the setting. It was most enjoyable to read the history of the village, the association with St Dympna and the twinning with Gee in Belgium. This was also well told along the wall of the school. The community centre is a fine building, looking freshly painted. Businesses were also doing their bit and Jack’s, the Rock Inn and Variety Shop all stood out.

Landscaping and Open Spaces / Tírdhreachú agus Spásanna Oscailte:

The village benefits greatly from the abundance of trees, from street trees to those in gardens, to the native trees in surrounding hedgerows. Across from the church remember to remove rubber ties where these are no longer needed as they could end up damaging the tree. Amazing displays of colourful summer flowers are perfectly proportioned and situated. The large daisies at the village monument is a case in point. Planting at the church is a little tired but perhaps this can be reviewed when the works to the car park are complete. The maintenance of the old graveyard is sensitive and it was particularly good to see that herbicides are not being used to keep back overgrowth.

Wildlife, Habitats and Natural Amenities / Fiadhúlra, Gnáthóga agus Taitneamhachtaí Nádúrtha:

Apart from the rooks what species are present in your wildlife garden? Are there any links with the all Ireland pollinator plan? It’s great that the school takes part in nature walks and it is this awareness raising of your natural heritage which is so important. Try to build on these and include not only the children but the adults too. The wildlife garden is a beautiful tranquil spot. There is a nice variety of native plants including nettles and hogweed. We especially admired the old apple tree. These plants are very good for butterflies and other pollinators.

Sustainable Waste and Resource Management / Bainistiú Acmhainní agus Dramhaíola Inbhuanaithe:

Water harvesting and composting are excellent projects under this heading. The school’s green flag achievements should be listed here as their work is central to the drive to reduce waste. What projects have they been engaged in which could be applied across the town? You identified how you are reducing the environmental impact of your jamboree festival, are there ways you could build upon this by further reducing waste which may arise from it? For more helpful tips and case studies from other Tidy Towns entrants please take a look at http://localprevention. ie/tidy-towns/

Tidiness and Litter Control / Slachtmhaireacht agus Rialú Bruscair:

You are indeed fortunate to have a worker who can devote the time to maintaining your public spaces. Other actions listed here show how you are promoting the message of litter prevention which is good. The village was generally very clean and tidy on adjudication day and there were no major issues of note. The bring bank was exceptionally tidy while litter control elsewhere was to a high standard.

Residential Streets & Housing Areas / Sráideanna Cónaithe & Ceantair Tithíochta:

Many attractive homes were admired in Tydavnet on adjudication day and all were presented to a very high standard. It was so unfortunate to see the unfinished estates, especially when the homes themselves look perfectly habitable. Are there plans for this area? Many individual gardens put on a great show and well done for the effort here.

Approach Roads, Streets & Lanes / Bóithre Isteach, Sráideanna & Lánaí:

On approach from Emyvale the roadsides are characterised by neatly trimmed hedges and tall trees. Check here for a rubber supports ties which may have outlived their usefulness. The small but attractive names signs were admired on approaches. Where there are stretches of wooden fencing these could be painted and/or screened with native hedging to reduce their visual intrusion.

Concluding Remarks:

It was a pleasure to spend some time in Tydavnet and to admire this beautiful place, so full of history. Best of luck and keep up the good work!