IT has been an exceptional year for both medals and increased marks for all communities in Louth.
Louth Tidy Towns Together, the very successful network of Tidy Towns groups in Louth, had set the ambitious target of increasing the medal cache by two and the communities in Ardee and Blackrock were tasked with trying to turn that aspiration in to reality.
And that’s exactly what they did.
They both achieved their aim of winning bronze medals.
Ardee was particularly praised for its treatment of vacant properties in the town and indeed the adjudicator suggested that such was the creative approach in the town that other towns suffering from similar dereliction should visit Ardee to learn from best practice.
The county’s second bronze medal winner, Blackrock, also made a huge impression on the adjudicator with again wildlife and natural amenities being the section recording the highest increase in marks.
The superb biodiversity garden in Blackrock Park was in the judges words ‘possibly the best seen in Ireland – exemplary in its layout, content, information and accessibility’.