Local interest in the Tidy Towns competition began when a committee formed in 2001, with a first entry in 2002.
This very good showing encouraged an entry in the Keep Wexford Beautiful competition in August 2003, when Askamore was awarded first prize for best village in Wexford.
Gradually, areas of the village were tackled and refurbished or renovated. Work on the old school house began in July 2005., and the following year the Childcare received an award for Best Commercial Environment award in the Wexford County Council awards.
The Blue School was completed in time for the 2007 Environment awards, in which it received first place.
This is a great tribute to the work of the volunteer committees who have undertaken this work over the past 10 years.
Over the years, planting was undertaken at various areas around the village, and the summer plantings and baskets are a joy to behold.
Tidy Towns marks
In 2007, a very exciting project was finally decided on, following many years of discussion within Tidy Towns and the Community Development Group. The grotto was finally to go ahead with the help of various local communinity support and with the financial backing of the vintage club, who offered to organise a tractor run to fund the project. Donations from parishioners also poured in, work began in January 2008 and all work was done by volunteers.
The Grotto was officially blessed and declared open on August 15th, 2008, by Frs. Joe Power and Barry Ffrench.