Garden Competition – Best Large, Small and Wildlife Friendly Categories

We at Letterkenny Tidy Towns are running a garden competition from 20th of July to 31st August with three categories.

Because the Cleaner Community Campaign had to be cancelled this year due to Covid 19 restrictions Letterkenny Tidy Towns are delighted to run a garden competition for the Best Large Garden, Best Small Garden and Best Wildlife Friendly Garden categories. Each category is dedicated to previous Tidy Town members.  See below for details of the categories.

The competition will run from 20th July to 31st of August where the entries will be judged and each category winner will receive a trophy and an Alcorns Gift Voucher. Please note that we can only accept entries from Letterkenny and the surrounding townlands.

If you would like to showcase your garden this summer and be in with a chance of winning one of these great prizes, please send a maximum of 5 photos per garden category via email including your name and contact number to or via post to
The Secretary,
Letterkenny Tidy Towns,
Magees Pharmacy,
Co Donegal.

Closing date for entries is August 31st.

The Large Garden competition is known as the Sean Higgins Memorial Award. Adjudication will cover planting, colour including shrubs, grassy areas and flower borders encouraging wild life.

Your garden doesn’t need to be as large or as elaborate as this one at Sanssouci Palace in Potsdam! It just needs to be an average or larger sized Letterkenny garden to qualify.

The Small Garden competition is known as the Charles and Rose Devlin Memorial Award. Adjudication will cover planting, colour including shrubs, grassy areas, and flower borders encouraging wild life.

The Wildlife-friendly Garden competition is known as the May McClintock Memorial Award, sponsored by An Taisce. For examples of what we might be looking for in this category, see the biodiversity section of our website.

This category is all about encouraging natural growth to help out the pollinators and give wildlife a home.

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Keep It Local, Keep It Beautiful Competition Winners – Best Clean Up Category

We asked members of the public to send us photos of an area they had helped to keep beautiful.

It was a very close-run thing, but we picked Lewis as the winner of this category, for his efforts with his daughter to clean up a stretch of beach at Crohy Head near Dungloe. The reason we picked this particular photograph was because it shows a young volunteer getting stuck in to what is clearly a very demanding task.

Lewis’ other pictures show a job well done.

Congratulations and well done to the other entrants.

Elaine did a clean up of a beach on Arranmore, removing 15 bags of rubbish and filling half a trailer. She believes some of that litter had been there for years, particularly the plastic, and now brings down a bag every time she visits so that it never gets that bad again.

Debdeep regularly walks through LYIT campus, and will often pick up any cans, bottles and cups that have been discarded, as ‘a gesture of respect that I can give back to mother nature, my university, and maybe to the incredible city of Letterkenny’.

Aoife and her friend regularly pick up litter on their walking route in the woodlands between Gortnacorrib and Kirkstown, clearing up discarded takeaway wrappers, drink cans and whatever else people have discarded.

Muckish from Kirkstown

Karen spent two hours cleaning up her neighbourhood, then went for a well deserved swim.

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Keep It Local, Keep It Beautiful competition – Best photo showcasing local beauty

We asked members of the public to send us their best photograph showcasing local beauty. We had 140 entries, and it was very difficult to narrow it down to an overall winner. So much so that some truly great photos had to be ruled out, so well done to all who entered!

We picked this photo titled ‘Stop and smell the leaves’ by Yvonne O’Brien as the overall winner. IT was the expression on the cow which won us over – totally living for the moment.

Stop and smell the leaves

The runner up was this fantastic shot of St Eunan’s Cathedral in Letterkenny by Peter Blake.


For the under 16s, we have joint winners with these beautiful shots.



The following are a selection of some of the other photos we were most impressed by. Well done to all.


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