Limerick estate to enter Tidy Towns

Nick Rabbitts

Reporter:

Nick Rabbitts

FOR the second year in a row, Moyross is to enter the Tidy Towns competition.

FOR the second year in a row, Moyross is to enter the Tidy Towns competition.

The northside estate will go up against hundreds of towns and villages across the nation in the competition, designed to honour the most well presented areas of the island.

Development worker Tracy McElligott is spearheading the entry, and will today create a wildflower section in the playground of the Community Enterprise Centre.

And this Friday, community representatives will fill 98 window boxes and hanging baskets in the car park of the same centre.

Last year, the estate secured high marks, as well as finishing in the top half of the Limerick Leader-backed Community Challenge.

Tracy is hoping for a similar outcome this time around.

“It is a great way to promote the efforts of the community, and it was a great opportunity to show Moyross off, and promote the positive image of Moyross, to overcome the negative images often portrayed in the media,” she explained.

“A huge amount of work comes from the community, because an awful lot of them come out and do their clean-ups. We had a project this weekend where they will display window boxes and hanging baskets. There is a community garden ongoing the whole time outside the Community Centre,” she added.

Tracy said that each part of the estate will get a clean-up, with residents from each of the 12 parks in Moyross asked to help.

In particular, residents are going to be asked to keep traffic islands clean, she added.

“We focus on the whole estate. We would include residents from each of the 12 parks, which is quite a lot. This year, we are launching it with the biodiversity wildflower, which we are organising through the centre. It’s an area we have set aside. We are going to rotate that: after a couple of days, the children, with the bereavement group, and a number of the residents, we are going to tend to the wildflowers,” she explained.

Asked about the northside area’s prospects, she concluded: “It would be lovely to finish top, but the whole aim of the project is to create community spirit and awareness and get more of the community involved.”

For the first time this year, businesses across the city are to link up to ensure the central area is clean, allowing an entry from Limerick.

Tidy Towns are awarded in four categories: village, small town, large town and large urban centre.

In recent years, both Birdhill and Emly have triumphed in the village section of the competition.