In 2016, when the Local Authority Heritage Officer and Biodiversity Officer Network offered to establish and fund the special Pollinator Award in the national Tidy Towns competition, the team behind the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan were delighted to support this new way to create awareness of pollinators and increase pollinator-friendly habitats right across the country.

There has been an amazing reaction to this special award and reading about all the achievements and actions taken for pollinators in towns and villages across the country is truly inspirational.

The entries have improved year on year. We would like to thank you sincerely for all you are doing locally to help create a more pollinator-friendly Ireland.

– the Pollinator Plan team


The Pollinator Award has a total prize fund of €10,000, including a ‘Best Newcomer’ Award of €1,000, and is open to all groups participating in the national Tidy Towns competition. The award encourages and rewards Tidy Towns groups for managing towns and villages in a pollinator-friendly way.

The Local Authority Pollinator Award supports the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan and is sponsored and managed by Local Authority Heritage Officers in partnership with the National Biodiversity Data Centre. For more details contact your Local Authority Heritage Officer.


Local Authority Pollinator Award Prize Fund: €1,000

Overall Winner: €1,000

Best Newcomer: €1,000 

Regional Winner Small Town/Village: 4 winners receive €1,000 each.

Regional Winner Large Town/Urban centre: 4 winners receive €1,000 each.


2024 Local Authority Pollinator Award:
The 2024 Pollinator Award is now open for applications. The deadline for entries is Wednesday 5th June 2024.
Find full details, and entry forms in English and Irish on the Tidy Towns Special Awards homepage here: 2024 Special Award Entry Forms – Tidy Towns
Or download below:
Please note the 2024 Pollinator Award entry form has been updated to reflect the updated guidelines from the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan: Local Communities: Actions to Help Pollinators
To help you with your application, we have prepared an example entry form, which can be downloaded here: 


Background to the Local Authority Pollinator Award


Watch this video to hear from previous Pollinator Award winners:

To learn more about some of the wonderful work being carried out by Tidy Towns groups around the country, take a look at our newsletters from previous years:

Local Authority Pollinator Award 2021 Competition Newsletter:
Local Authority Pollinator Awards 2019 Competition Newsletter:
Local Authority Pollinator Awards 2018 Competition Newsletter:
Local Authority Pollinator Awards 2017 Competition Newsletter: