Entrants are now open for people who want to show the effort and pride they put into their home for the Galway City Tidy Towns and Garden Competition.
Categories in the 2019 Galway City Tidy Towns and Garden Competition include best front garden, best residential estate, best shop-front, best community project and best school.
For the front garden category the city will be divided into three areas and 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places will be awarded in each area.
The overall best garden will win the Alderman’s Cup, the best front garden in a council estate will be awarded the Lydon Cup, and the Madden’s Novice Trophy will go to the best first time entrant.
In people’s houses the Councillor’s Cup is for the best window box/floral display and the Galway Crystal Trophy is for the best lawn.
Entries for a residential area must be made by a resident’s association, with prizes being awarded in the categories of 0-50 houses, 50-200 houses, and 200+ houses.
Trophies will also be awarded for the best gardens in a residential estate and council estate, and for the best flower or shrub beds in a residential area.
Public and commercial buildings will be competing for prizes for the best shopfront/floral display, with judges also paying attention to the level of litter in the vicinity.
Community or youth groups can also enter into the competition for a garden project they have undertaken such as an organic garden or planting initiative.
The Environment Awards category is sponsored by the city council to recognise individuals, schools, businesses, or estates that have gone the extra mile to make their gardens and open spaces environmentally friendly.
There are two categories for schools; best garden and best floral display/window boxes.
Prizes for the winning schools are sponsored by Dangan Nurseries.
More information and entry forms can be downloaded at galwaycity.ie or collected at reception in city hall.
Completed entries for the 2019 Galway City Tidy Towns and Garden Competition should be submitted to the environment depart at the city council by 4pm on May 31 at the latest.
Anyone who won last year and is competing again this year is going to get a five point handicap.
It’s hoped that judging will start in early July, but that is of course at the whims of Galway’s weather, with winners announced in August/September.