We are hugely involved with and committed to our community. Carlingford Tidy Towns could not exist without the involvement of the community resident in our town - individuals, families, businesses, they all take part. We are featured in a monthly Newsletter and Community News that is emailed to the local community. We have a very active Facebook page where we present relevant stories of local, regional and national significance and we have nearly 2000 followers. In 2021 we invested in this website and extended our social media reach with Instagram and YouTube sites. We aim to engage, inform and communicate our plans and our collective achievements with the community of which we are part and this includes children who take part in suitable activities with their parents.
Carlingford Tidy Towns is constantly involved in projects that enhance the look and the infrastructure of our beautiful medieval town. Carlingford Heritage work tirelessly to both maintain and enhance the medieval infrastructure of our town and this year King John's Castle will be opened to the public. You can find out a lot more about the history of Carlingford and why we such an important town by visiting Carlingford Heritage. With the help of Carlingford Tidy Towns, Carlingford is preserved and looks its finest. Indicative of our wider community engagement, we installed 2 new accessible picnic benches and tables for the Village Green to be enjoyed by locals and visitors alike
The entire area surrounding Carlingford is a fabulous unspolit area, accessible to locals and visitors alike. The green spaces around and within our town are maintained to a very high standard at all times and we are constantly adding new indigenous and bee friendly plants. We are involved currently in a project to enhance our Nature Garden
In recent years we have invested in perennial and bee friendly planting to reduce our reliance on annual and cultivated plants for color and appearance. We have planted apple trees, reintroduced indigenous plants, worked hard to try to reduce invasive plants from taking over. The planting of bulbs from previous years continues to pay dividends as we strive to invest in the future with minimal impact on scarce resources.
We use as little as possible to achieve the greatest impact and bring the maximum value we can in all our activities. We have been very pro-active in campaigning for the reduction in single-use plastics and have succeeded in obtaining funding for a 'purified water' dispenser. We believe that Carlingford Tidy Towns is aligned to the national pursuit of sustainability in all that we do and we are committed to these goals
As a popular destination for visitors we have an on-going struggle with litter issues, particularly on busy weekends and Public holidays. Additionally, the tides every day bring fresh plastic waste and flotsam to our shores. We have appeared on news and other TV programs to highlight the issues and attempt to influence positive behaviours with our 'Leave No Trace' campaign. As one of our members commented to the BBC News - "Sometimes it feels as though we are fighting a losing battle - but it is not a battle we are prepared to lose"
Carlingford is a great place to live in and to bring up our families in a safe and beautiful environment. Our residential estates are maintained to a very high standard and one of our estates, St Oliver's Park, was recently recognized as the Best Estate in Louth
We would have to wonder whether there is a more gorgeous approach road anywhere in Ireland or indeed the world ! Whether approaching from Newry or Dundalk, the views in front, to the left, to the right and in your rear view mirror are simply stunning. Carlingford Lough is a glacial valley surrounded on one side by The Mourne Mountains and on the other side by the Cooley Mountains
Carlingford Tidy Towns Plan 2020