Awards: What awards or honors has the project received?
Where have you learnt about the competition?
Tell us about your partnerships:
We liaise with local Tidy Town groups and local government councils in lreland. Tidy Towns is an initiative to encourage people to keep their local areas clean and tidy, culminating in a grading and award system each year. The councils will also liaise Tidy Town groups, so our programme links nicely with these groups, who already have an established network of local people with an interest in their environment.
Challenges: What challenges might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?
The major challenge to environmental projects of this nature is the lack of funding currently available. The global economic downturn has hit Ireland hard and local government funding that local community groups can apply for has been severely reduced. However, there is strong interest in the project and we are determined that the project grow and develop so that further wildlife areas can be established. To this end we are looking for alternative funding avenues, including widening our applications for grant funding and other initiatives such as social media campaigns.