TREE-MENDOUS; Ennis Branches out to Pick Up Tidy Town Award for First Time after Landscaping Wows Judges
Byline: By NEIL COTTER
ENNIS was yesterday crowned Ireland's tidiest town - and it is all thanks to the way it plants its trees.
The Co Clare town saw off 700 competitors to land the coveted title after bowling over the judges with its landscaping.
It was especially praised for the tree planting on the approach roads and around the town.
Residents clutched the trophy as they celebrated their first win and picked up a cheque for EUR15,000.
Also taking a leaf out of their book are the people of Moynalty, Co Meath, which is now officially Ireland's Tidiest Village.
And last year's big winner, Lismore in Co Waterford, was awarded the coveted title of Tidiest Small Town. Environment Minister of State Batt O'Keeffe hailed Ennis' win as proof any town can take the title - on a day when it also claimed Tidiest Large Town.
He said: "The fact a town such as Ennis with a large urban centre can win the overall title shows every town and village in Ireland has the potential to become Ireland's tidiest town.
"I am thrilled at their success as I know they've worked very hard for this for many years. …