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The 2016 SuperValu TidyTowns competition is now open for entries, and this year marks the 25th anniversary of SuperValu’s sponsorship of the competition. Officially launched by Alan Kelly T. D., Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, the competition is a catalyst for voluntary activity and community participation across the country. 

2015 saw record entries to the competition and 2016 will be the competition’s 58th year. The work the generation of volunteers involved in TidyTowns carry out is significant in preserving Ireland’s reputation as a clean and green destination to live in, do business in and to visit. It also gives communities a vehicle to come together to take ownership of their own locality and effect positive change.

In reference to the competition, Alan Kelly, T.D. said “The SuperValu TidyTowns Competition not only brings huge environmental benefits to communities but it also encourages community development. The competition recognises the work of the TidyTowns volunteers, from the planning stage to the completion of projects. Generations of volunteers on TidyTowns committees have been improving the environment in which we live for 58 years and have helped to transform the appearance of our towns and villages and to promote Ireland’s image abroad. The sense of place that develops when communities work together and take ownership of their own surroundings is evident where TidyTowns committees are active.

Speaking at the launch, Des O’Mahony, SuperValu Marketing Manager said “2016 marks a landmark year for SuperValu as it reaches the 25th anniversary of its sponsorship of TidyTowns. This is one of the longest running sponsorships in Ireland and one that we are extremely proud to be associated with down through the years.

We believe in the power and value of helping to build vibrant local communities and TidyTowns is a perfect partnership for SuperValu. With 221 stores nationwide, our retailers are uniquely positioned to work with TidyTowns committees to build sustainable communities that we will be proud to pass on to future generations.

The closing date for receipt of entries for this year’s competitions is 20th May 2016. Entry forms to the SuperValu TidyTowns competition can be obtained from the TidyTowns Unit in the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government – Phone (096-24309) or by visiting www.tidytowns.ie or www.supervalu.ie. For entry to the Special Competitions please download your entry form at www.tidytowns.ie

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