Monday 21 October 2019

Ardee strikes Gold as Dunleer also on rise

Hubert Murphy

Ardee has been awarded a Gold Medal for the second time in this year's Supervalu Tidy Towns awards.

It comes after a huge effort that has seen their points rise from 324 in 2018 to 332 in 2019.

Commenting, the judges remarked, 'The town of Ardee has the core of a fabulous streetscape. Your window exhibitions are a good way to brighten up and add interest to vacant shops and it was noticed by your adjudicator that passersby were stopping to look at the displays. The plaque in the memory of Turlough O'Bryen was a novel way of highlighting The Bee Man of County Louth.'

They added, 'You have some wonderful displays of landscaping in your town, but the treatment that some of your street trees are getting is well below best practice. The trees can and should be an integral part of your streetscape. If the tree is not suited to its location consider replacing it with something that is or plant a new tree in a different location. The main route trough Ardee has ample room to accommodate multiple street trees that would create a fantastic avenue.'

Dunleer also rose in rhe marks, hitting 315, up from 307.

Their report stated, 'Your approach to tree planting will reap big rewards in the coming years as trees start to mature. They already make an impact and it is encouraging to see the use of pollinator and street friendly varieties.

Collon also rose this year, 293 from 292.

Their report included a comment that traffic calming measures are needed to halt the speeding through the village.

The judge stated, 'Collon has the makings of a wonderful streetscape with many residents and businesses owners obviously taking pride in their village. The terrace of red brick houses with their hanging baskets, Donegans and Watters Bars, Collon Credit Union, Mellifont Abbey and many other buildings presented themselves very well. The central green is a wonder feature. The traffic speeds really take away from the experience and it may be worth approaching Louth County Council in looking at traffic calming measures to reduce speeds.'

Stabannon rose by three points, to 308.

Its report remarked, 'Stabannon was relatively litter free on adjudication day. Well done on your Gold Medal in the Louth Litter League. You also involve local students in your work. This is considered a very effective way of raising awareness of the need to control litter and responsible behaviour.

Wheatfields looked well on adjudication day. St Nicholas Drive had many colourful plants.'

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