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Beaufort Tidy towns group was set up in October 2010 following a public meeting. The 2010 committee consisted of 7 members who combined their skills, backgrounds and interests to make very significant improvements to the area in the first 2 years of inception with the help of their volunteers.   At our A.G.M. in 2012, we grew the committee from 7 to 47 members using a sub-committee structure focussing on the adjudication categories on the Tidy Towns competition. This allowed stronger engagement with local residents, businesses and the wider community and allows more active participation by all. This has resulted in a number of flagship projects and developments that will further enhance Beaufort in the years to come. Together, we share the common goal of making Beaufort more beautiful for all who live here. We will continue to encourage new membership each year as we strongly believe that everyone has something to offer. It is a very rewarding journey and in particular when you see local individuals showing great initiative and innovation in enhancing their own properties. It is the cumulative effect of many small efforts that combine to give a very big result. The group is lucky to have such an attractive canvas on which to base our work at the foot of The Magillicuddy Reeks. We are also lucky to have in the parish two green flag schools where the message of Tidy Towns has been taught for many years and we work very closely with them. We are also fortunate to have the support of the Kerry County Council and local politicians with significant infrastructural investment since our inception. We work closely with South Kerry Development Partnership on the stone wall restoration programme, provision of seating, purchase of plants, shrubs and window boxes. Parish wide clean ups are organised 4 times per year which involve 300+ people in all areas of the parish. Weekly activities are organised such as  painting, maintenance, repairs and horticultural work. Upwards of 40 people of all ages can sometimes be involved which is fantastic for a small community. These work evenings are also great social occasions for people to meet friends and to make new ones. We work in harmony with the area that we are living in, using the natural and historical environment as an inspiration for our work. The success of The Tidy towns is based on a policy of including all groups and areas in the parish. To be inclusive communication is vitally important.  We use the Parish newsletter weekly to inform people of our endeavours, we also use the local press and we print a newsletter twice yearly Our plan is to continue with and to build on the great work that we have started.  We wish to continue as an inclusive group to improve Beaufort for all and to put Beaufort on the national map in The Tidy Towns Competition.
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