Tidy Towns and Garden Competition

  • Does Galway City Council run a Garden Competition?

    Yes. Galway City Council runs an annual Tidy Towns and Garden Competition. The competition, which has been running since 1961, is open to all private gardens, housing estates, schools, businesses and community groups in the city.

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  • Who can enter the Tidy Towns and Garden Competition?

    The competition is open to all private gardens, housing estates, schools, businesses and community groups in Galway city.

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  • What are the competition categories?

    The categories are:

    • Private houses - front gardens, window boxes/floral displays, lawns
    • Residential areas - less than 50 houses, 50-200 houses, more than 200 houses
    • Schools
    • Public and commercial buildings - civic buildings including colleges, hotels, churches and places of worship, garages, shops/supermarkets, registered guest houses, industrial estates, commercial/retail parks.
    • Community projects - youth group project, community group project
    • Biodiversity

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  • How can I enter the Tidy Towns and Garden Competition?

    You can enter online using the online application form.

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  • Are businesses allowed to enter the competition?

    Yes. Businesses are encouraged to enter. The categories available to enter are civic buildings including colleges, hotels, churches and places of worship, garages, shops/supermarkets, registered guest houses, industrial estates, commercial/retail parks. Businesses are judged on shopfronts/floral displays and garden lawns, if present. If you would like more information, please contact the Environment Section in Galway City Council - 091 536 400 or environment@galwaycity.ie 

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  • What is the closing date?

    4pm, Friday 28th May 2021

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  • How and when is the competition judged?

    A competition judge will visit your garden in July and will award marks based on scoring guidelines developed by the Galway City Tidy Towns and Garden Committee. For the front garden competition in private houses, the city is divided into geographical areas and prizes are awarded for the 1st, 2 nd and 3rd place in each area. Schools will be judged in June. Please note judging dates are weather dependent and will be dependent on the current Covid 19 guidelines. 

    This year judges will be awarding marks for enhancing and promoting Biodiversity and pollinator friendly spaces.

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  • What are the prizes?

    Over 100 prizes are awarded in the competition. For private houses, there are 1st, 2nd and 3rd place awarded in each geographical area, with overall prizes for best garden, best floral display and best lawn. For residential areas, prizes are awarded for best estate in each category, with overall prizes for residential estate with the best and neatest gardens and residential estate with best flower or shrub beds. For commercial and business premises, 1st and 2nd place are awarded in each category. Each prizewinner receives a certificate and either a voucher or a cash prize, depending on the category.

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  • Is there an awards ceremony?

    Yes, an awards ceremony takes place every year, usually in September. 

    Due to Covid 19 restrictions, this will be confirmed with the winners closer to the time

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  • Who sponsors the Tidy Towns and Garden Competition?

    The competition is kindly sponsored by Galway City Council, Dangan Nurseries, Madden Nurseries and Galway Crystal.

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  • Where can I get more information on the Tidy Towns and Garden Competition?

    For more information on the Tidy Towns and Garden Competition, please contact the Environment Section on (091) 536 400 or email environment@galwaycity.ie

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  • What can you do to improve Biodiversity?

    In line with Galway City Councils objectives in the Biodiversity Action Plan (2014-2024) and the National Pollinator Plan (2021-2025);  gardeners are being asked to enhance their gardens and green spaces for wildlife and pollinating bees and insects.

    For gardens and green spaces to be good for pollinators, they need to provide food in the form of flowers, shelter for nesting and safety from chemicals.

    Judges will be awarding marks for enhancing and promoting Biodiversity and pollinator friendly spaces.

    For further information on how to make your garden or green space pollinator friendly visit:  https://pollinators.ie/

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