An initiative to promote heritage-led regeneration and to improve the quality of our historic towns and villages for residents and tourists.
The TidyTowns Heritage Award has been sponsored by the Heritage Council to encourage a greater awareness of the value of our heritage to our quality of life and to sustainable economic development.
From its inception, the primary focus of the national TidyTowns Competition has been to encourage communities to improve their local environment and make their area a better place to live, work and visit. The competition aspect was an important element in developing friendly rivalry to boost standards across the board.
The Heritage Council has been involved with the TidyTowns Competition since 1999 and the number of entries has grown considerably each year since. The Heritage Council seeks to recognise those who work at community level to nurture, promote and inspire new connections with natural, cultural or built heritage.
The Heritage Award, sponsored by the Heritage Council, seeks to promote a greater awareness of the value of heritage to social cohesion, wellbeing and sustainable economic development. Passed on to us from previous generations, our heritage encompasses not just buildings, monuments and museum pieces, but also our distinctive landscapes, native wildlife and woodlands, seascapes, geology, heritage gardens and parks, inland waterways, folklore and crafts. The Heritage Council seeks to recognise those who work at local level to benefit an aspect of our heritage and to promote its value to a wider audience.
The project must benefit and promote an aspect of heritage as set out in the Heritage Act. These include monuments, archaeological objects, heritage objects, architectural heritage, flora, fauna, wildlife habitats, landscapes, seascapes, wrecks, geology, heritage gardens and parks and inland waterways. Benefit is understood to mean enjoyment, conservation and/or identification and promote may be interpreted as any action that communicates the value and relevance of heritage to a wider audience.
Projects not considered
• New buildings or modern refurbishment of older buildings.
• New public or commemorative sculptures.
• Amenity works and environmental improvements. This includes works such as seating,
Visit the TidyTowns website to download and/or view a wide range of resources for making your town a better place.
How to Apply
Please note that The Tidy Towns Awards did not operate for 2020 but will be in operation in a revised format for 2021. We have uploaded the 2019 applications below for reference.