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Geashill claims Tidy Towns top spot and National Pollinator award

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Geashill claims Tidy Towns top spot and National Pollinator award thumbnailGeashill being presented with its National Pollinator Award at the Tidy Towns results in Dublin on Monday last.

GEASHILL has yet again claimed the top spot in Offaly in the SuperValu Tidy Towns competition.

And the pretty border village has also captured the national "Let's Get Buzzing" Pollinator Award, beating off competition from over 70 other centres across the country.

Overall Geashill captured a massive 325 points in the competition, just seven behind the national winners, Birdhill.

This augurs well for the future and puts Geashill in contention to scoop a national award in the coming years.

Said a spokesperson for Geashill Tidty Towns: "Geashill has worked very hard over the last number of years holding the county title for the past six years and being joint winners of the TidyTowns Tree Project Award in 2015."

Meanwhile Tullamore captured another gold medal in the competition while silver medals were award to Clonbullogue and Geashill with a bronze medal going to Tubber.

Veteran Tullamore Tidy towns volunteer, Cllr Tommy McKeigue said he was heartened by the performance of the county town in the competition.

"This is the fourth gold medal which has been awarded to Tullamore," pointed out Cllr McKeigue.

Earlier this month Tullamore was declared Ireland's Cleanest Town in the Irish Business Against Litter league.

Commending Geashill on winning the National Pollinator Award, Offaly Heritage Officer Amanda Pedlow said: "This is a really fantastic achievement for Geashill and Offaly and this following on from Birr winning the National Pollinator Award in 2016."

"We are delighted that the Offaly Tidy Towns groups have embraced the pollinator programme with such success," she outlined.

Geashill had a very strong range of actions including surveys, mowing and hedge cutting regimes, specific planting programmes from bedding plants to trees, log piles, earthen banks and stone walls for habitats with very strong community involvement.

A clear element of their submission was the range of advice and collaboration undertaken with a number of experts.

There was also collaboration with the national school with their 'Pollinator Paradise' art competition, IWT Badger Club and the wider local community.

The award was presented bt Chief Executive of Offaly County Council Anna Marie Delaney on behalf the Local Authorities and Dr Una Fitzpatrick from the National Biodiversity Data Centre that head up the All Ireland Pollinator Strategy.

The Local Authority Pollinator Award aims to encourage TidyTowns groups to implement pollinator friendly actions in their towns and villages as part of the TidyTowns competition.

There were over 70 entries in this year's award and being the second year of the Award many had put 12 months' work into their pollinator entries.

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