More businesses join Tidy Towns programme
Tomas Mannix, Declan Murphy, Chris Keeley, Colm Crilly, Gerry Stockil and Peter Forde at the clean-up in Tallaght Village last week

More businesses join Tidy Towns programme

Tallaght Community Council (TCC) launched a Tidy Towns programme for Tallaght village almost two months ago.

There are two weekly meet ups to litter-pick, weed, water the new plants and do other maintenance jobs.

Over 40 volunteers have joined with the TCC committee volunteers during the first two months of the programme creating a really strong start.

Volunteers only need one spare hour to join and help make a positive difference to the village. TCC have lots more ideas to help further enhance the public areas of the village.

The village has had a very obvious uplift in appearance during that time due to the voluntary efforts of the Tidy Towns crew. This includes the removal of over 50 bags of litter, the installation of 20 new street planter boxes, 20 new native trees and perennials, graffiti  removal, pathway clearing and a new bespoke heritage mural.

A key to the long term success of Tidy Towns is the support and active involvement from village businesses. They need to take pride in their premises, be proactive in litter management  and think sustainably for their businesses to help the Tallaght Tidy Town application for 2023.

TCC are delighted that there has been a solid support from village businesses so far. PM Group, AWS, M&A Auditors and Lidl have all participated in the Wednesday lunchtime Litter-picks. This event was designed to allow village business take part during office hours. M&A Auditors pledged to attend 1 litter-pick every month after helping out in June and July.

The latest business to join the Tidy Towns was Lidl, whose headquarters is on Main Rd in the village.

Declan Murphy, Tomás Mannix and Colm Crilly joined the Wednesday crew to tackle the lunchtime litterpick focusing on two historic sites in the village.

“The Lidl volunteers were highly energetic and very enthusiastic. It was a pleasure working alongside them last week”. Chris Keeley, TCC member.

Lidl has both a store and their headquarters in the village. Their village store has recently become a fully solar powered store which is great for the village and indeed a Tidy Towns application. Their village parklet also has a wildlife area – with a bug hotel and planting attractive to wildlife. This helps the overall village biodiversity.

TCC would like to hear from any village businesses who want to join a litter-pick or indeed looks at ways to be more sustainable on their premises. If everyone takes some small positive steps, collectively the whole village benefits.

“ There are over 100 businesses located in Tallaght village – from retail, food and professional services.

The potential this offers us to make positive changes in the appearance of village buildings and streets is significant. We appeal to all those businesses to put their shoulder to the wheel and help improve our village further. We ask them to invest energy and some focus to this initiative that will directly benefit them and the wider community.” Liz Kennedy, Voluntary Chair of TCC.

Anyone who wants to support the Tidy Towns are welcome to drop along to either of the weekly events. Everyone is welcome.

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