Local communities right across the county are being encouraged to roll up their sleeves and 'Keep Wexford Beautiful' as the 2019 competition of the same name was officially launched at County Hall.
Launching the competition in the glorious Wexford sunshine, Cathaoirleach of Wexford County Council Michael Sheehan explained the idea behind the competition.
'The aim of the competition is to encourage everyone to get involved in their local community and in doing so, help keep Wexford beautiful,' he said. 'The competition is about recognizing the huge voluntary work that is carried out by community groups, resident associations, youth groups and individuals who take action, large or small, to improve their local environment and help make their communities better places to live, work and visit.'
He added that the competition also encourages people to think and act locally on a range of environmental issues like waste prevention, accessibility, biodiversity and heritage preservation.
Applications can now be submitted online at www.wexfordcoco.ie/keepwexfordbeautiful or application forms can also be collected at the environment section of Wexford County Council.
This year's categories are Best Environmentally Aware and Presented Housing Estate and town or village, Best Community Environment Initiative, Best Heritage, Preservation and Conservation Project, Best Community Management Initiative, Best New Group, Best Community Project to Improve Accessibility in Gardens/Parks, Best Community Project to Improve Accessibility to Infrastructure, Best Community Biodiversity Project, Best Community Project that Tackles and Reduces the Impacts of Climate Change and Best Community Waste Prevention/Reuse Project.