Douglas Tidy Towns

Douglas Tidy Towns

 

Douglas Tidy Towns volunteers meet at the centre every Saturday morning at 10.30 and work until 12.30 approx.  High-viz jackets, gloves and litter pickers are supplied and any equipment necessary to facilitate the work.  All volunteers are welcome.

 

The focus of these volunteers is to improve and enhance the visual appearance of the villages of East and West Douglas and surrounding areas, particularly open spaces.  They work from a 5-year plan and target particular areas that have been seriously neglected in strategic areas, for complete renewal.

 

Super Valu, Grange, provide two of their employees every Saturday to aid in Tidy Towns work.  Super Valu are sponsors of the National Tidy Towns Competition.

 

As well as litter picking, the Tidy Towns work consists of planting up the 25 assorted containers around the Village and at traffic junction entrances to Douglas – e.g. the 5 troughs at the E.S.B. substation wall, planted with ivy and red geraniums, in preparation for the annual National Tidy Towns Competition, painting neglected buildings, removing graffiti and liaising with local businesses and the two Councils in encouraging improvements to the area.  In Springtime, the Tidy Towns volunteers meet a couple of evenings a week so any volunteer could choose the time they wish to work.

 

Any person who can contribute to the above endeavors and can give their time and expertise voluntarily would be whole-heartedly welcomed by the Tidy Towns Committee. Check out their website for more info: douglastidytowns.ie

 

John and Anna McCormack, picking up litter in Douglas East

Super Valu Trainee Managers and Connie O’Driscoll

Billy Coleman on litter Pick-up – Douglas East

 

 

Douglas Tidy Towns Competition Results 2011

 

Douglas fared very well in this year’s competition, maintaining the high marks achieved last year, and improving them by 3 extra marks, to make this year’s result the best ever yet at 264 marks.  We competed in Category G,  Cork South, up against fantastic towns like Cobh, Ballincollig, and Carrigaline.  We are very proud of our volunteers, who meet every Saturday morning, winter and summer, in the Community Park, and clean up the litter all around Douglas.  John Fitzgerald, who has been our champion secretary for many years, dedicated much of his free time, encouraged and supported by his wife Sheila, in incrementally improving our town, bit by bit each year; enhancing derelict areas, encouraging business people to improve the visual impact of their premises, working with Cork Co. Council to carry out necessary works to improve our roads and footpaths, and making detailed submissions to the Co. Council Draft Development Plan on how to improve our town going forward.  Very sadly John Fitzgerald died in October 2011.  We miss him greatly and we applaud his huge effort on behalf of the people of Douglas.

 

Lions Rotary Crocus Presentation to Douglas Tidy Towns group Nov. 2011.  From left: John Fitzgerald, Secretary, Douglas Tidy Towns, Sheila Fitzgerald, David O’Mahony, David Boyle, Con O’Driscoll, David Cooke, David Harvey of Lions Rotary, Two reps Grange Super Valu, Eileen Blake, Jane Kidney, Brian Cassidy, Chairman Douglas Tidy Towns.

East Douglas premises as presented for 2011 Tidy Towns Competition