Tidy Towns success

by Rose Barrett
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Rush Tidy Towns was delighted to win two national awards in this year’s Tidy Towns competition.

The first for Climate Action was to recognise the input local communities can make in addressing climate change. The purpose of this award was to raise awareness of climate action, enable local communities to deliver change at a local level, and promote behavioural change in the wider community. 

The second was a Sustainable Development Goals award.

The award acknowledges the significant efforts and contributions communities make to increase awareness and engagement on the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development and aims to showcase projects and initiatives that have embraced the goals. 

“In addition, we increased our points tally from 293 to 309 points, an increase of 16 which we are very pleased with,” said Brendan O’Reilly, Chair Rush TT. 

“However, we are still quite disillusioned with the point awarding system. It simply adds to the previous year’s total, as opposed to each town being judged on their merits for the respective year. This means the score for the elusive bronze medal continues to get further and further away as others who entred the competition decades before Rush hover around 340 points. 

“The adjudicators report this year was quite complimentary in all eight categories with about 20 pieces of constructive feedback which we can act upon for 2023. The result we achieved is down to an incredibly hardworking and dedicated committee, in addition to the countless voluntreers right across the community who help us out when called upon.”

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