The area was visited by the judges on 7th July 2022

Community – Your Planning and Involvement / An Pobal – Pleanáil agus Rannpháirtíocht: (33/80 marks awarded)

Fáilte chuig Comórtas Na mBailte Slachtmhara Super Valu don bhliain 2022. Táimid buíoch daoibh as ucht na hiontrála a chur chugainn, agus guimíd gach rath ar bhúr gcuid oibre amach anseo. Adh Mór… Many thanks for taking time to prepare your entry form and map with the locations clearly marked. Good to hear you are working on a Village plan, thanks to ‘Smart Villages’ training. This will help you focus on all categories of the competition. The Sustainable Goals are at the heart of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. These goals address the global challenges we face, including poverty, inequality, climate change and environmental issues. Tidy Towns has adopted these goals and has integrated these into the competition which now asks participating groups to demonstrate which goals their projects and actions help to meet. Please include it in next years submission. The organization of Knockatallon TT is excellent and the partnership approach you have with Knockatallon Community Development is admirable. The variety of communication channels appears to be effective, meetings, Facebook, Northern Standard, parish bulletin and even over a pint! We see that you are aware of the necessity to involve as many of our younger generation as possible and this is welcomed. Their work will reap rewards and give them a sense of belonging while contributing to their community. We are very proud of the community for supporting Ukrainian families, making them feel welcome and joining in group’s activities. Congratulations on the tea party, sounds like great fun and raised necessary funds. Your involvement over the last few years has encouraged creativity and motivated people to take pride in their area. Keep up the good work.

Streetscape & Public Places / Sráid-Dreach & Áiteanna Poiblí: 31/80 marks)

The playground at the heart of the village continues to be maintained to a high standard. The upgrade of the park with new lighting and walkway will enhance the quality of community life. The community have access to a variety of safe walking routes now and we note the Tra Loop on your doorstep. Congratulations on your grant in relation to the lawnmower – grass areas could be improved with clean cut edges. Buildings like the Church and school (love the wildlife mural) looked very impressive. The Sliabh Beagh Hotel enhances the surroundings and provides a greet meeting place (nice outdoor pods) and now home to many families, another great achievement. The Grotto at St. Josephs provides a wonderful pop of colour, and the surrounding walls as the backdrop is picture postcard perfect. The modern Sliabh Beag adventures looks very well. The maintenance of the monument is important, as while it is attractive, it is also part of your history. Some street furniture and fencing in need of painting

Green Spaces and Landscaping / Spásanna Glasa agus Tírdhreachú: (27/80)

A vote of appreciation to all volunteers who work to maintain all grassed areas and plant up flower beds. The wildflower area sounds fantastic so don’t forget to include some photographs (a little interpretation here so people know what you are doing). Great work on your rose beds. It’s a good idea to have landscaping plans to guide future landscaping and the first rule of thumb is choose native where possible and to plant for year-round interest. The use of spring flowering crocus would be ideal in mown grass areas like the church grounds, early nectar for our pollinators and jewels in the grass come spring. We note your plans to add more shrubs and plants so keep in mind the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan. We look forward to meandering around next time. 12 51 9 29 29 Tidy Towns Competition 2022 Adjudication Report Centre: County: Category: Ref: Mark: Date(s): 221 Maximum Mark Community – Your Planning and Involvement Streetscape & Public Places Green Spaces and Landscaping Nature and Biodiversity in your Locality Sustainability – Doing more with less Tidiness and Litter Control Residential Streets & Housing Areas Approach Roads, Streets & Lanes 80 80 80 55 55 90 55 55 31 30 27 12 8 49 28 28 213 Mark Awarded 2021 TOTAL MARK 550 221 Community – Your Planning and Involvement / An Pobal – Pleanáil agus Rannpháirtíocht: Streetscape & Public Places / Sráid-Dreach & Áiteanna Poiblí: Green Spaces and Landscaping / Spásanna Glasa agus Tírdhreachú: Mark Awarded 2022 07/07/2022 know what you are doing). Great work on your rose beds. It’s a good idea to have landscaping plans to guide future landscaping and the first rule of thumb is choose native where possible and to plant for year-round interest. The use of spring flowering crocus would be ideal in mown grass areas like the church grounds, early nectar for our pollinators and jewels in the grass come spring. We note your plans to add more shrubs and plants so keep in mind the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan. We look forward to meandering around next time.

Nature and Biodiversity in your Locality / An Dúlra agus an Bhithéagsúlacht i do cheantar:  (12/55 marks)

Like many rural villages you are lucky to be surrounded by agricultural fields whose boundaries are made up of various hedgerow species. These are vital resources for many wildlife species. It’s great to hear you are learning about crop rotation, seed harvesting and the benefits of spring/autumn bulbs (an example of Sustainable Goals 12 & 15 ‘Responsible consumption and Production’). We applaud your actions in planting pollinator friendly varieties and we would also recommend that you encourage residents and businesses to do likewise. Put a list of plants which are good for our pollinators on your Facebook page, local shop, school etc. We note you plan to engage with school – your idea of a poster competition is fantastic and will progress the aims of the Biodiversity Plans. Your provision of gardening maintenance is a great way to introduce the Tidy Towns movement to the children.

Sustainability – Doing more with less / Inmharthanacht – Mórán ar an mbeagán: (9/55)

Your report shows that you are already conscious of living a more sustainable lifestyle. Knockatallons engagement in water harvesting at Corlatt estate is well informed. Have you considered installing them elsewhere? What do you do with grass cuttings? A lot of this category is about awareness –Do you segregate litter? You get marks for hosting events and workshops, walks, and talks. Raising actions like ‘Tip of the Week’ on Facebook or other relevant media. Encouraging schools to recycle books, uniforms, make Halloween outfits from old ones or swap etc. are some ideas that could help to increase marks in this category. If energy is of interest to the community, the SEAI’s Programme could work for you. Promotions of recyclable cups, cycling, angling, upcycling. Other ideas can be found in the tidy town’s handbook.

Tidiness and Litter Control / Slachtmhaireacht agus Rialú Bruscair: (51/90 marks)

We were impressed with the cleanliness of the village and shows what can be achieved through partnerships. We acknowledge the support and commitment of your local County Council and your weekly litter volunteers. The provision of the solar powered bin in the park is helpful. Good control of weeds on footpath – how is this controlled? Do you organize a spring clean for the whole community? We applaud your goal to raise litter awareness with the help of a children’s poster competition.

Residential Streets & Housing Areas / Sráideanna Cónaithe & Ceantair Tithíochta: (29/55 marks)

You have successfully harnessed the support of residents of Corlatt and Gort an Teanni. Encourage them to plant up gardens are they are important wildlife habitat – Award for best pollinator garden? An investment in new equipment is wise considering the vast amount of work to be carried out.

Approach Roads, Streets & Lanes / Bóithre Isteach, Sráideanna & Lánaí: (29/55 marks)

The standard in this category was good with entrances into the village maintained in accordance with good practice for the preservation of wildlife. Well done to all who have contributed, not easy during the Covid.

Concluding remarks: We enjoyed all the attractions of your village and the scenic views over the Monaghan countryside. Significant progress has been made in just a few short years. Keep up the good work and we look forward to new projects in 2023.