TidyTowns competition returns with emphasis on electronic entries

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The TidyTowns competition is returning this year after being cancelled in 2020 for the first time in over 60 years.

Special arrangements have been put in place to ensure the competition can go ahead this year, with the overall winners due to be announced before the end of 2021.

The SuperValu TidyTowns competition will take place in the same format as previous years, but with a specific emphasis on electronic entry and remote adjudication of each town’s entry.

The organisers acknowledge that volunteers have not been able to deliver on all of the plans that they may have had for their towns, and the competition adjudicators will be mindful of this fact when assessing entries.

Speaking today, Minister Heather Humphreys said that missing out on the competition last year was very disappointing for everyone associated with TidyTowns.

“I am sure the thousands of volunteers around the country are relieved that we have finally reached the point where we can launch the 2021 SuperValu TidyTowns competition and are excited for the months ahead,” she said.

“While the last year has been so challenging for everyone, I know that so many TidyTowns volunteers the length and breadth of the country have continued to look after their communities.”

“Many groups have been unable to deliver on the projects they had planned due to COVID-19.”

“That will not impact in any shape or form on this year’s competition and I am encouraging each and every one of the 987 registered groups across the country to enter once again.”