Shankill delight as town scoops Tidy Districts win

by Emma Nolan

Shankill has scooped the overall prize for the 2016 Tidy Districts Competition.
The town was awarded for their great teamwork for the upkeep and maintenance of the town and surrounding area.
Local councillor, and An Cathaoirleach of Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, Cormac Devlin said that it is “heartening to see this level of volunteerism from so many people who take time out to add value to their local communities and environment”.
Contributing to the success of Shankill Tidy Towns was the introduction of an Adopt an Area programme, which called on an army of volunteers to maintain small areas, whilst the TNT (Thursday Night Team) of volunteers proved they were “pure dynamite” by undertaking large enhancement projects outlined in a three-year management programme.
This is the 24th Tidy Districts awards with 120 people from 40 different groups represented.
“Shankill’s well-organised and hardworking committee have demonstrated the benefits in having such an active Tidy Towns committee in an area,” said Cllr Devlin.
“We are very proud of all of the estates and Tidy Towns groups who’ve entered this year’s competition and note that the standard has increased year-on-year,” he added.
Dean Eaton, the council’s environmental awareness officer said that the increased interest to enhance and protect our natural heritage through the introduction of pollinator friendly planting and maintenance programmes among residents associations this year is noteworthy.
“This is an opportunity for the council to formally recognise and reward the hard working residents’ associations and Tidy Towns groups in the county who take responsibility for, and take an active interest in, their own local environments,” he said.

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