Judging Criteria

TOWN & VILLAGE AREAS

A – Absence of litter and flyposters
B – Absence of graffiti
C – Decorative and repair order of private & commercial buildings/premises, and absence of derelict buildings.
D – General appearance of approach roads: verges, main roads and public open spaces e.g., parks, playing fields, etc.
E – Tidiness of private gardens and associated frontages
F – Condition of street fixtures, furniture and public facilities (e.g., road signs, lighting, seating, toilets)
G – Quality condition and placing of advertising
H – Evidence of business and general community participation in overall appearance of locality

HOUSING AREAS

ACleanliness of Roads and paved areas

            This will include the following:

  • Absence of fresh litter
  • Absence of long-term litter
  • Absence of graffiti, fly posters and kerb painting
  • Absence of weeds and other growths over paved areas, kerbs and gutters
  • Provision and condition of street furniture, names plates and street lighting

BStandard of Maintenance of Open Spaces

Evidence of Initiative

            This will include the following:

  • Decorative appearance and standard of maintenance of houses, garages and shops (if present)
  • Standard of maintenance of fences, hedges, property, grass, plants and floral enhancements

DEvidence of Initiative

            This will include the following:

  • Landscaping of open areas and condition of tubs and baskets
  • Design of gardens, choice of plants and general enhancements by residents

EOverall Impression

            This will include the following:

  • Absence of weeds and other growths over paved areas, kerbs and gutters

SCHOOLS

The judge will look at the following criteria for judging:

A – Absence of litter and general tidiness/cleanliness

This will include the following:

  • Absence of litter
  • Adequate provision of litterbins
  • Litterbins in key positions
  • Pupil Participation

B – Pupils Committees and environmental related

C – Environmental enhancement/activities

  • Including development of nature garden, provision of trees,

      flower beds, bug hotels, planters, tubs, plants, involvement of parents etc.

D – Biodiversity Initiatives

  • Establishment of diverse species of flora & fauna                
  • Managing part of school grounds as a ‘wild’ area

ESustainability initiatives

  • Education in and practical uses of renewable resources of energy

F – Judge’s Discretionary Marks

  • This can be anything that at the judge’s discretion that is worthy of extra marks

HEALTHCARE

The judge will look at the following criteria for judging:

A – Absence of litter and general tidiness/cleanliness

This will include the following:

  • Absence of Long term litter
  • Absence of Fresh litter

B – General tidiness & Cleanliness of facility and its environs

            This will include the following:

  • Cleanliness and maintenance of outside appearance of facility
  • General cleanliness of surrounding area and/or frontage


CEnvironmental enhancement e.g., flower beds, baskets, tubs, gardens, shrubs etc.

            This will include the following:

  • Presence of any of the above
  • Where presence of summer flowers is extensive
  • Where design features are present, e.g., gazebos, rock gardens, sensory gardens
  • Where there is a difference in size between small, medium and large gardens, lawns and driveways
  • Maintenance of all of the above

DEvidence and extent of user/staff participation in the overall enhancement of the facility

EJudges Discretionary mark examples:

  • For comparatively higher standards in all categories. 
  • For coping with difficult circumstances such as litter problems in urban areas.
  • For initiative involving community groups and other organisations to assist in gardens and/or to provide supplies