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Regional Youth Award Winners 2015 and 2016
Our Latest project: Intergenerational Gardens
Our first garden is in Belgium Park for Francie who was the very first winner of Monaghan's Prettiest Garden in 2008!
Monaghan Junior Tidy Towns was launched in the summer of 2011, it all started in Cluain Lorcain, Old Armagh Road in Monaghan in August and has gone from strength to strength since.
The children of Cluain Lorcain have taken great pride in the area where they live and have also on a weekly basis, gone outside their estate to the surrounding areas to do a weekly litter pick with great gusto and pride.
There is great camaraderie and friendship among the children of the estate, this is what contributes to making it such a success as well as the support of the parents of the children. The age group of these children is from 4 years old to 17 years old. with a grand total now of 49 members.
The story so far...as the children of Cluain Lorcain took to this venture with great pride it was suggested by one of the parents that we elect a Junior Committee, a Chairperson a vice Chairperson and a Secretary, this was to allow the children involvement and a sense of responsibility in this venture, that way their ideas and contributions would be heard and considered by the grown ups, this turned out to be a brilliant idea it was put to all the children whoever was interested in becoming a committee member to put their names forward and from that we had our first official meeting where the 3 people were elected to their posts. and the whole thing became official, receiving a great write up in the Northern Standard with photographs too.
This gave all the children involved a great sense of pride.
During that first meeting and other discussions it was also suggested that we somehow bring in a reward system to keep the children motivated and also for them to feel that there was something in it for them. we decided on a reward chart, every time the children participated in a litter pick they received a sticker which was put into a chart and kept in a folder, when they reached 4 stickers they received a planet protector badge, [which might i add they wore with great pride] then once they reached 8 badges they received the baseball cap with the "Monaghan Junior TIdy Towns logo on it. and for each 4 stickers after the hat they continued to receive the badges which they collect and put on the caps. also once a month the children on their return from their litter pick would receive crisps, drinks and sweets. this was an added treat. and so the Monaghan Junior Tidy Towns in Cluain Lorcain was born......
Below - a slideshow of recent Litter Pickers of the Week - we pass on the trophy every week. See some of our budding
Litter Vigilantes here!
Thank you ECO UNESCO and Toyota
Thank you to ECO UNESCO and Toyota for helping to fund our activities!
Monaghan Estates get into JTT!!
Cluain Lorcain kids are always busy. Last year they added flower beds and murals in their estate.
Pound Hill / Killygoan JTT -many thanks to Ann & Alice for their hard work in getting JTT started on the hill. Well over 30 members. They have been out for lots of clean ups and organise to march in the St Patrick's Day Parade every year. They have planted bulbs and now there's a lovely allotment beside their estate.
Meanwhile in Coolshannagh View JTT is being organised by Sinead and Louise. They've been out doing lots of tidying up and they've been doing some fence painting too. Some hedgehog houses are on their way for the steep area at the rear of the estate which is perfect for wildlife.
Out in Mullaghmatt / Cortolvin children took part in wildlife and biodiversity workshops again last summer as well as making a sculpture from cans that won an award from Eco Unesco.
Stop Press!! We recorded anti-litter adverts for radio.
Listen to our radio adverts above!
JTT Monaghan record anti-litter adverts for Northern Sound radio!
Monaghan Junior Tidy Towns Launch Radio Anti-Litter Campaign
Monaghan’s Junior Tidy Towns have launched an anti-litter campaign which includes an advertisement on local radio. The ad, sponsored by Monaghan County Council have been running on Northern Sound and coincide with a billboard advertising campaign in the town. Children from the Junior Tidy Towns group in Cluain Lorcain voiced the ad and were delighted with their VIP treatment at the radio station. We thank Nial O’Connor, Environment Officer with the council for his assistance in organizing the recordings. Elaine and Mary, leaders of the Cluain Lorcain Junior Tidy Towns group were delighted with the result and the children have been receiving many compliments since the ads went “live”. The children hope that people take the ads “seriously!” and refrain from littering our town
Above - one of the matching billboards for the campaign in Monaghan Town
Community Development Fund
This project has been funded by Monaghan County Council’s Community Development Fund 2011 -2014
All the primary schools in Monagjhan Town are now involved in the Green Schools programme!
Congratulations to all those who were awarded their third flag recently.
Well done to Colaiste Oriall, our first post-primary school to be awarded a green flag.
Many thanks are due to Elaine and all those who have helped organise the initiative - and to the JTT Committee as well - they have done a great job to keep the project growing from strength to strength.
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We are an ECO UNESCO CLUB!
Monaghan Junior Tidy Towns (JTT) are registered with ECO UNESCO Clubs in Action.
Where we are..
NCluain Lorcain is a new housing estate on the Old Armagh Road just opposite the Hillgrove Hotel.
The Pound Hill /Killygoan area is a large area of both old and relatively new housing overlooking the town. Enter from the Dublin Road just off Old Cross Square or from the Glen Road just opposite Tully.
Coolshannagh View is a small housing estate out the Coolshannagh oad and just before Ballyalbany Bridge.
Mullaghmatt Cortolvin is a large housing area accessed off the Clones Road through Park Road or Oriel Way. The local family resource centre (Teach na nDaoine) is on Oriel Way.
New for 2016 - Woodlands Estate is on the Scotstown Road.
In Woodlands our theme is
GIVING NATURE A HOME.
More to follow....