Who Can Enter?
The SuperValu TidyTowns competition is open to all areas, big or small, urban or rural, and each are entered under their respective population categories ranging from the smallest, Category A - Under 200, to the largest, Category H - 25,001 and over. Entry is free regardless of the size of an area.
Entrants are the 'ambassadors' for their area in TidyTowns and therefore are the primary contact in relation to correspondence, invites, awards, etc. So ideally entry should be made by a broad-based group that represents all sectors of the community.
However, it is not expected that these structures have to be in place before entering. Entry from a credible body, such as a Local Authority, Development Agency, Residents' Group or Local Business, which is working on the ground to improve the area will be accepted. Nonetheless, in all cases, it is expected that participation will be used to generate wider interest in the TidyTowns effort within the community and that there is a clear objective to put the appropriate structures in place as soon as possible. Progress on encouraging broader community involvement is a major part of the TidyTowns' assessment criteria.
The minimum documentation needed to participate is a completed entry form forwarded to the TidyTowns Unit of the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, either by email, on-line or in by post. Additional information may also be provided with the form to assist the TidyTowns adjudicators in their assessment of the participating area.
While not a condition of entry, all participants are encouraged to prepare a multi-annual strategic plan to guide their activities. This may be forwarded with the entry form when available.
Detailed Terms of Reference are contained in each year's entry form.