Going for Gold Categories

There are various categories in the Limerick Going for Gold Environment Improvement Grant & Competition 2019. 

Going for gold

  • Champions Category must have won a previous challenge category or its equivalent
  • Endeavour Award - Group that has come to the Judges attention and deemed worthy of an endeavour award
  • Limerick Bee Friendly in Bloom open to all Tidy Towns groups who have not won a prize in Tidy Towns category plus groups who did not enter Tidy Towns 2019 or do not have a group
  • Tidy Towns Category – must have entered Tidy Towns 2019 national competition
  • Most Beautiful Front Garden Competition - Sponsored by the Parkway Shopping Centre
  • Residential Areas - estates and similar areas
Best front garden
Limerick in Bloom

Champions Category

The Champions Category will include previous winners of the top prize in the Limerick Going for Gold Challenge Category (or equivalent).

The Champions Category will be made up of the following groups:

  1. 2011 - Castletroy View Residents Association
  2. 2012 - Janesboro Tidy Towns 
  3. 2013 - Annacotty Tidy Towns
  4. 2014 - Caherdavin Tidy Towns & Residents Association
  5. 2015 - Castleconnell Tidy Towns
  6. 2016 - Glin Tidy Towns & Development Association
  7. 2017 - Adare Tidy Towns
  8. 2018 – Athea Tidy Towns & Kilteely Tidy Towns

How the Limerick Going for Gold Champions Category will work:

  • Each of the champion areas will be awarded a starting fund
  • For each item of litter seen on judging day €20 will be deducted from the starting fund (tbc)
  • The more items of litter found, the more is lost from the starting fund
  • Anything 'lost' goes into a winner’s pot and will be awarded to the 'Champion of Champions' for 2019. This will be the area with the least litter on the day/s of judging.
  • There will be other runner up/incentive prizes in this category

Judging of all Limerick Going for Gold entrants is ongoing and will take place up to mid September.
 

Endeavour Award

The Endeavour Award is open to all groups, including those that have entered Tidy Towns.

However winners of the 2019 Tidy Towns Category, Limerick Bee Friendly in Bloom Category, Residential Area Category or any participants in this year’s Champions Category are not considered eligible for a prize in this category.

Judging Criteria

Some of the elements that may be involved in the judging of this category are as follows:

  • Desktop review of all applications
  • Site visits
  • Visit by Limerick Going for Gold judges

A variety of items will be considered in relation to the judging of this category including:

  1. General absence of litter from the areas including approach roads
  2. Features of approach roads to area, village or town
  3. Planting
  4. Trees
  5. Details of additional works undertaken since previous year if applicable
  6. Project for which Limerick Going for Gold Environment grant aid was provided
  7. Application form received
  8. Any other aspects that the judges may consider relevant


Limerick Bee Friendly in Bloom Category

The Limerick Bee Friendly in Bloom competition relates to appropriate pollinator friendly planting and floral displays

Use of colour, perennial planting and planting schemes that welcome biodiversity are relevant here along with the appropriate use of hanging baskets and window boxes (These items are relevant but not essential to this category).

The following factors are considered by Limerick Going for Gold judges; pollinator friendly planting, colour, size, variety, location, and appropriateness of the various planting schemes, as well as the management of litter.

Limerick Bee Friendly in Bloom adjudication takes place from mid/late August to early September. 
 

Tidy Towns Category 

This category is open to all groups including those that have entered Tidy Towns and may have various related subcategories. Participants in the Champion’s Category are not eligible to be considered for this category. Shortlisting of applications may be required in some or all categories of the competition.

Some of the elements that may be involved in the judging of this category are as follows:

  • Desktop review of all applications
  • Site visits
  • Live 95 interviews and text voting 
  • Visit by Limerick Going for Gold  judges

A variety of items will be considered in relation to the judging of this category including:

  • General absence of litter from the areas including approach roads
  • Features of approach roads to area, village or town
  • Welcoming wildlife features
  • Appropriate planting schemes - trees, pollinators, perennials etc
  • Details of additional works undertaken since previous year if applicable
  • Works for which Limerick Going for Gold Environment Grant Aid was provided
  • Application form received
  • Any other aspects that the judges may consider relevant
     

Most Beautiful Front Garden Competition

Limerick Going for Gold Most Beautiful Front Garden Competition deadline has been extended until Wednesday 14th August. Application forms are available from Limerick City and County Council’s Customer Services or to download here.

The Most Beautiful Front Garden Competition is sponsored by the Parkway Shopping Centre and judged by the Parkway Shopping Centre and the Limerick Post.

If you would like to enter a garden in your area in this competition you need to complete an additional application form which is available below and provide following with your application:

  • Garden must be visible from a public road
  • A minimum of 2 Photographs must be submitted with each application form. The first round of judging will be done based on the photographs provided, so please ensure that your photographs are of good quality to assist the judges in their deliberations.
  • A location map (and GPS co-ordinates/ Eircode) must be submitted with each application form. This can be hand drawn and must indicate where the garden is located
  • Completed application form to be sent by post to:

Judging Criteria

Judging will take place any time from Mid August to the end of September, and a variety of factors will be taken into account including:

  • Garden must be visible from a public road.
  • Overall impression
  • Appropriateness of planting schemes
  • Year on year improvement of an area (if applicable)
  • Any other aspects the judges consider relevant
     

Residential Areas (including estates) 

The Residential Area Category is open to all estates and residential areas across Limerick who submitted an application form for the Limerick Going for Gold Environment Improvement Grant in the current year.

Judging Criteria

Some of the elements that may be involved in the judging of this category are as follows:

  • Desktop review of all applications
  • Site visits
  • Visit by Limerick Going for Gold judges

A variety of items will be considered in relation to the judging of this category including:

  1. General absence of litter from the areas including approach roads
  2. Space to welcome wildlife
  3. Pollinator friendly mowing regimes
  4. Planting schemes (trees, perennials, etc)
  5. Details of additional works undertaken since previous year if applicable
  6. Project for which Limerick Going for Gold Environment grant aid was provided
  7. Application form received
  8. Any other aspects that the judges may consider relevant