It’s time to prune, plant, paint and generally spruce up your area. Naas Tidy Towns are on the hunt for the most appealing estates, businesses and gardens for their annual summer competition, writes Theresa Murray.
The bid to find Naas’s tidiest areas is always very well supported and the competition is always keen.
Local business owners, residents associations and individuals should get their submissions in immediately as the closing date is 15 July. Winners will be announced at the annual awards night, normally held in October.
“We hope that our competition will enable communities and residents to work together to make Naas an even more beautiful place to live and work,” said Naas Tidy Towns chairman Seamie Moore.
The categories in this year’s competition are Best Shop Front, Best Floral Display by Businesses, Best Estate Entrance, Best Large Estate (more than 50 houses), Best Small Estate (less than 50 houses), Best front Garden, Best Street, Best District.
For anyone wishing to enter, entry forms are available on line or from Naas Community Library on Basin Street. There is an entry box in the library. Entries can also be e-mailed to Vourneenh@gmail.com or https://www.facebook.com/#!/TidyTownsNaasCoKildare, or contact email: email@example.com (Seamie Moore) with queries.
In the meantime, the town itself is looking splendid for the national competition. The volunteers have colourful planters located all over the town and have weekly litter picking and clean up operations targeting specific areas of Naas.
Particular mention must be given to the new flower bed at the junction of Dublin Road and Blessington Road, the fully restored well on the Newbridge Road and new flower beds on Friary Road.
Throughout the town, graffiti has been scrubbed off, fences painted, trees planted, bushes pruned, hedges trimmed, medians weeded, paths swept, litter binned, and the whole main street is a riot of colour.
It takes Fintan Gilman 6,000 litres of water to water all the planters around Naas, and he does it twice a week in the fine weather.
Business people are also getting into the spirit of the event with some fabulous displays of hanging baskets and window boxes along the street.
The tidy town’s competition is judged on a yearly basis in the months of June/July. A submission is put forward by the tidy towns committee under 10 different categories - Overall Development approach; The Built Environment; Landscaping; Wildlife and Natural Amenities; Litter Control; Tidiness; Waste Minimisation; Residential Areas; Roads, Streets and back Areas; General Impression.
Naas did very well last year and took silver in the large town category with 295 marks.
With any justice, the hard work of the volunteers will pay off with an even higher score this year.