252 points

252 points

The Tidy Towns adjudicator’s report remarks on two central areas in the village: the square and the area in the vicinity of the Church, with particular praise for the latter.

“If the residents of Clogh could replicate the landscaping, tidiness and appearance of the area in the vicinity of the Church entrance, the marks for Clogh would soar,” it says. “It is such a pity that the buildings in the central square are now deteriorating due to being unoccupied. But there are other recognisable elements of Clogh that are definable projects and that could improve the appearance of this historic village. Then the rest of the village could rival the area at the Church. Well done to a dedicated, proud committee.”

The adjudicator was also pleased that the children from the school are involved in landscaping ventures and in the National Clean Up.

Noting that there are “many instances of lovely landscaping throughout the village,” it says: “The pride of place must go to the area in front of the old garage and the house beside. The colour here is the standard to aspire to.”

Of the community field, it says: “Mention of the heron illustrates the wildlife possibility of this area. Your initiative to date must give you much satisfaction and confidence in tackling similar projects for the future.”

Noting the presence of litter on the approach roads to the village, the adjudicator writes: “On a few occasions the adjudicator would have blamed passing motorists. Do you have a strategy to warn motorists about your feelings towards littering?”

It compliments the work done on the extensive grass verges around the village, however, noting that: “If all of the grass verges in Clogh were to be trimmed regularly, there would not be a cow milked. You have a long stretch to cover.”