The 2017 SuperValu TidyTowns competition is open for entries from today, 5th April 2017. SuperValu has been confirmed as sponsor of TidyTowns for the next five years, building on 25 years of association between SuperValu and the competition.
Now in its 59th year, SuperValu TidyTowns is administered by the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government and is a catalyst for voluntary activity and community participation across the country.
This year, towns and villages across Ireland are being asked to further grow the SuperValu TidyTowns green culture through a new photo competition – the Upcycling Challenge.
TidyTowns committees will be invited to use their creative skills to upcycle and recycle items such as palettes, old tyres and old furniture into useful and beautiful community creations. Local SuperValu retailers will provide committees with materials to support their efforts, and there will also be a series of “How to upcycle” videos available online with plenty of prizes for the winners.
The closing date for receipt of entries for this year’s SuperValu TidyTowns competitions is 25th May 2017.
Speaking today, Managing Director at SuperValu, Martin Kelleher said, “Now in its 26th year, SuperValu TidyTowns is one of the longest running sponsorships in Ireland and one that we are extremely proud to be associated with. SuperValu TidyTowns celebrates the efforts of communities the length and breadth of Ireland, who, year after year, work tirelessly in an effort to enhance their towns and villages. As the competition continues to grow, SuperValu is looking forward to continuing its support, having recently been confirmed as sponsor of the competition for the next five years.”
Minister for Regional Economic Development, Michael Ring added, "Generations of volunteers on TidyTowns committees have been improving the environment in which we live for 59 years and have helped to transform the appearance of our towns and villages and to promote Ireland’s image abroad. The common thread among TidyTowns volunteers is a pride in their own place; they want to make it the best it can be."