Time to “Make Longford Shine”

Longford Tidy Towns have announced that Longford’s National Spring Clean Day will take place on Saturday April 20th from 10am to 1pm.

Longford Tidy Towns have announced that Longford’s National Spring Clean Day will take place on Saturday April 20th from 10am to 1pm.

The committee are looking for one hundred volunteers to help clean up the town by litter-picking, washing street furniture, such as bins, signs and monuments, and tending to flower beds. Chairman of the Longford Tidy Towns Group, Andy O’Dowd, is hoping to have four or five teams of volunteers, with each team taking on a different task. Volunteers will gather on the Market Square at 10am on April 20th, where a plan will be discussed before the teams disperse to clean up “as much of the town as possible.”

The National Spring Clean, which takes place nationwide this year from 1st-30th of April, is an annual event funded by the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government, and organised by An Taisce. Last April, over 500,000 helped in the clean-up all over Ireland. Longford Tidy Towns are searching for volunteers to lead or join a team, or even get friends and relatives involved to help “Make Longford Shine”.

Longford Tidy Towns have registered with An Taisce, who will supply one hundred clean-up kits. These kits will include plastic bags for recyclable and non-recyclable waste, gloves to protect volunteers’ hands and plastic tabards to keep clothes clean.

The town takes part in the National Spring Clean every April, but Mr. O’Dowd wants to increase the frequency of the event. “I want this to be not alone an annual affair, but a regular affair” he explains, continuing; “Maybe monthly depending on how this event goes. We’re hoping for the people of Longford to get behind it and help tidy up.” The Tidy Towns Chairman hopes that the event may also bring Longford up in the National Tidy Towns competition.

Those interested in volunteering should register on the Longford Tidy Towns website www.longfordtidytowns.com, or contact any member of the Longford Tidy Town’s Committee. For more information, contact Mr O’Dowd by email at longfordtidytowns@gmail.com or by phone on 087 9633868.