Bettystown Tidy Towns – September 2021

Big Weigh In

BTT was delighted to be asked to represent Meath in Flossie and the Beach Cleaners’ Big Weigh In. Our volunteers litterpicked Bettystown Beach and collected 22 bags of rubbish which weighed a total of 168kg. That total included 78kg of recyclables.

Flossie and the Beach Cleaners, an Irish environmental conservation group, organised the Big Weigh In on 31st July and included clean up groups from every county in Ireland. The total weight of litter collected from beaches and waterways around Ireland was 3456kg. There were a total of 400 volunteers around the country working together to achieve this amazing result.

Beach Toy Library

A recent new initiative has been our Beach Toy Library. Volunteers have been finding many toys left behind on the beach and it seemed a shame to bin them. A wire basket has been installed at the beach entrance for toys. Beach visitors are encouraged to take a toy to borrow or drop in one that they have found. We ask that toys are rinsed before returning them to the Beach Toy Library.

Art on display

The Eastham Corner Garden has been enhanced with a wall-mounted display case of painted rocks for all to enjoy. The display case was made by local master craftsman Ray McElhiney and shows off these beautifully painted stones by East Coast Rocks to their best advantage. BTT is very happy to support the creativity and craftsmanship in our local community and we hope to have more artwork installed in coming months.

Clean Coasts Big Beach Clean 2021

BTT has registered to take part in Clean Coasts Big Beach Clean 2021 on 18th September.

Clean Coasts is a non-profit organisation which engages with communities in the protection of Ireland’s beaches, seas and marine life. During the Big Beach Clean, volunteers are asked to carry out marine litter surveys to quantify the amount and typles of litter on Irish beaches. These surveys are aimed at heightening awareness about the issue of marine litter and serve as an indicator of the size of the problem.

For more details on the Big Beach Clean follow BTT’s posts on Facebook.


Our thanks to Councillor Sharon Tolan and Councillor Elaine McGinty for their recent contribution to us from their Council Discretionary Fund. We will use these funds to support our maintenance and enhancement works around the town.

Thanks also to Liz and Roger Pickett of The Cottages Ireland for their kind donation to BTT’s activities. We are very grateful for their continued support of our work.

Competition results to be announced later this year

BTT volunteers have been working particularly hard in recent weeks to get the village looking competition ready. Bettystown is participating in the Supervalu TIdy Towns Competition and the IPB Pride of Place Competition 2021.

Bettystown Tidy Towns was selected by Meath County Council to represent Meath in the IPB Pride of Place competition 2021. IPB Pride of Place in association with Co-operation Ireland is an all-island competition that acknowledges the work that communities are doing all over the island of Ireland.

Tidy Towns results will be announced in November and Pride of Place results will be announced in October. More news to follow …

Welcome to XXI Ice

BTT would like to offer a warm welcome to a new occupant of Bettystown square, XXI Ice. We wish them every success for their new venture in the village.

Join us

For more information on our activities follow us on Facebook and Instagram @bettystown_tidytowns. If you would like to help with clean ups, gardening or any other aspects of our works please speak to one of our volunteers or message us on Facebook.

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