Message from Chair of FLVC Trustee Board. 22nd May 2020.
2019 marked the first year that Flintshire Local Voluntary Council became involved in the co-ordination of the Best Kept Communities competition – we are delighted to be able to support this celebration of our local spaces.
Unfortunately, due to restrictions imposed as part of the Covid-19 pandemic, and in order to keep our communities safe, we are unable to facilitate the competition for this year. However (whilst working from home) FLVC staff would like to use some time celebrating Flintshire open spaces in other ways.
We are collating good news stories, volunteer experiences and photos that will tell the story of how volunteers and communities pulled together in 2020 to help others, and in appreciation of the Flintshire area.
Please do keep in touch with us, and we will be in touch with you regularly to ask for any information or photos you may have to showcase the area in which you live. We will put together some promotional material later in the year to reflect the community spirit that has been shown and our appreciation of our open spaces.
With many thanks for your support for FLVC, and for your support within your local community.
Paul Hinchliffe. Chair of FLVC Trustee Board.
Please scroll down for online entry forms for each category
Following on from previous successful Competitions, the County Council hopes to encourage as many villages/towns and Senior Citizens’ Social Housing Estates to participate this year, with an aspiration to receive at least one entry from every community.
To combat the restrictions associated with access, entrants are asked not to include areas or features within school grounds as part of their entry this year. There will, however, be a focus on:
- How young people are encouraged to be involved in the up-keep of the community
- How projects within schools contribute to the local environment and biodiversity
Building on the sustainability theme we would like the competition to continue to enhance our natural environment. In particular we would encourage participants to support vital components of our biodiversity by, for example, planting pollinating plants, which are good for bees and other insects, and by putting up insect and bird nesting boxes. When considering entries, judges will mark the overall appearance and will seek to establish the source of peat-free compost and plants supporting pollinating insects and other wildlife.
The Best Kept Communities competition fosters and showcases civic pride, and highlights the positive links between community involvement and improved well-being. This year, we want to hear more about who is involved in the creation and maintenance of our communities, what activities they’re involved in, and the amount of time they devote to the upkeep of the areas, features and buildings to be judged.
There are five main categories in the competition:
A. Best Kept Village with a population of up to 1000
B. Best Kept Village with a population over 1000
C. Best Kept Town
D. Best Kept Senior Citizens Social Housing Estate
The following categories are open exclusively to those competing in categories A to D:
E. Best Kept Community Area (e.g. park, field, allotment, wildlife area, cemetery, church yard)
F. Best Kept Community Building
G. Volunteer of the Year
Online entry forms
Downloadable entry forms
|Competition launched||Friday 14th February 2020|
|Deadline for entries||2pm Friday 12th June 2020|
|Judges visits||Week commencing 27th July 2020|
|Awards event||September/October 2020|