Laois Federation of Tidy Towns was established in 1998 and at present has 32 groups registered. These groups have been conserving and enhancing the local environment in their community and are an invaluable resource.
Tidy Towns is a popular and highly sought after form of recognition which encourages the people of Laois to embrace the spirit of co-operation to carry out community based environmental initiatives.
The Programme began with local communities focusing on litter and improving civic pride, but now encompasses a much wider programme of environmental initiatives that seek to ensure that our own towns and villages become more sustainable and improve their environmental, economic and social performance.
Overall Aims of the Tidy Town Committees
Improve the quality of life for residents and visitors to the area. Involve all of the community in the overall development and enhancement of the area. Improve the position of the area in the national and local competitions. Maintain the heritage and character of the area. Develop the area for future generations. Carry out carefully planned landscaping and maintain existing areas.
How to become a Volunteer
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer in your local community you should contact a member or check the local newspapers / newsletter to find out what is happening in your area. If you do not have contact details for your local group please contact Siobhan Duff who will assist you in this regard Tel: 057 86 74330.
Working together for a brighter future
Laois County Council is actively working with the Tidy Towns Committees to help invest in their future and ensure continued growth and development.
Assistance is given to the groups in the form of the Tidy Towns Grants, Summer Wheelie Bin Scheme, participation in Clean Up Laois Week, the Laois Federation of Tidy Towns Competition and Awards. The Environment Section also offers assistance in the form of advice or referral to the most appropriate source of information. Workshops are also held and available in relation to composting and waste minimisation and on under topics through LA21 Projects and by booking free workshops through Ann-Marie Kelly, Environment Awareness Officer. Information on these workshops is available from Community Waste Workshops .
Further information may be obtained from:
Tidy Towns – www.tidytowns.ie
An Taisce’s National Spring Clean – www.nationalspringclearn.org . During this national programme, Laois County Council simultaneously hosts Clean Up Laois Week in April – one of the Council’s largest Anti Litter campaigns. The Council supports registered groups by providing resources and/or collections. Details are advertised on our web site and in local newspapers closer to the time.
For information on our nearest Tidy Towns Group contact:
Ann Marie Kelly, Tidy Towns Facilitator on 057 86 74331
Siobhan Duff, Assistant Staff Officer, Environment on 057 86 74330
Laois Tidy Towns can also be found on:
The National Tidy Towns results were announced in September 2018. Congratulations to all those involved. Local towns and villages feature among the National winners as follows:
- Gold Medal: Abbeyleix
- Silver Medal: Portlaoise
- Bronze Medal: Ballacolla, Castletown,
- Endeavour Award: Mountmellick
County Awards went to Abbeyleix (1st), Castletown (2nd) and Ballacolla (3rd)
Well done to each of the Committees, individuals and volunteers involved, who make an invaluable contribution to the enhancement of our County.
Individual Reports are available at:
Full Report available at:
If you wish to get involved with your local Tidy Towns Group please contact the Environment Section at 057 86 74330 and we can put you in touch with the relevant group
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