Saturday 25 March 2017

Tidy Towns on a campaign of spring cleaning

Men At Work. Mallow Tidy Town workers working at Mallow Bridge last Saturday.
Men At Work. Mallow Tidy Town workers working at Mallow Bridge last Saturday.

On Saturday morning last the Mallow Tidy Towns team continued improving the derelict area at the Bridge St / Park Road site.

As well as picking up five bags of litter along the Park Road, they made progress with the painting of the railings and hope to finish it off next Saturday. Their efforts were assisted and encouraged greatly by Paul O'Connor, the owner of Crafted Fitted Furniture, who offered the Tidy Town members a very welcome cup of tea.

A load of gravel is expected to be delivered before next weekend and will need to be spread manually, so all help is welcome. The five tree planter boxes have been finished by Le Cheile Mallow Men's Shed and the trees have been ordered from Ken Joyce at Joyce's Garden Centre.

The Transition Year students of the Patrician Academy are aldo planning to do a litter pick along the River Walk next week. Sheelagh O'Shea, who is the Tidy Towns Liaison Officer with the secondary schools will be coordinating with them.

McDonalds, Mallow, have come on board by assisting with a general clean up in the coming weeks. MTT would be delighted to hear from other businesses, companies, industries, groups and of course individuals who may be able to asist in some way. Contact through the website, email or private message on the Facebook page. If you would like to be included in the text update list please SMS your name to 087 635 9944. Check website,, for photos and updates. The meeting point for Saturday March 2 is at the corner of Bridge Street and Park Road at 10.30am.


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