Monday 23 October 2017

Gorey Tidy Towns appeal

Fintan Lambe

It's a busy time of the year for the Gorey Tidy Towns volunteers, and they are looking for help. They have sent out an appeal for people who are willing to give two hours of their time a week for six months of the year to help improve the living environment around Gorey town.

‘Gorey Tidy Towns could really do with some extra hands to help keep the town looking well and making it a pleasant place in which to live,’ said chairperson Liz Kenny. ‘At the moment Gorey Tidy Towns maintains 13 different projects in and around the town varying from small harden areas such as the compass garden atCharlotte Row to a heritage orchard near the fire station. All of these project need regular planting, weeding, and cleaning.’

The volunteers also maintain the magic garden at the Bridge area, and a woodland and shrubbery on the Arklow Road and the Coach Road.

‘Add in the roundabout near the Monument, and of course regular litter picking and weeding on streets and footpaths and generally trying to beautify our streetscapes,’ added Liz.

Local schools also got involved in the efforts this year, helping clean outside the schools.

As for regular volunteers, committee member Paddy Stack said that in a town of close to 10,000 people, Gorey Tidy Towns group has only nine or ten active members.

Some work on Tuesday evenings from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the summer only, while others work on Saturday mornings from 10 a.m. to 12 midday.

‘Gorey Tidy Towns urgently needs new volunteers to continue our work,’ said Liz. ‘We have other projects we would love to undertake if we could get more people to participate.’

‘Even if you cannot commit to being there every week, you would be very welcome any Tuesday or Saturday,’ added Paddy, ‘Just turn up at the Gorey Tidy Towns hut at the top end of the car park at the Civic Square on the Avenue any Saturday morning at 10.15 a.m.’

Volunteers will be provided with the tools for the job, and will be made very welcome.

‘We also hope you will enjoy the company and the feeling of satisfaction that comes from doing something positive for your town and your community,’ said Liz.

Gorey Guardian