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Usk won a silver award in the prestigious Entente Florale (Europe in Bloom) 2006 competition. The town’s success was announced at the competitions awards ceremony at Bad Sackingen in southern Germany. The international panel’s citation praised Usk for the work done by its volunteers and for the support they had received from the towns businesses in developing its floral displays.

The international jury, who visited Usk in July 2006, were also impressed with the private gardens they saw on their tour, the enthusiasm for gardening displayed by pupils of Usk Church in Wales Primary School, the recently installed blue plaques marking the town’s heritage trail and the Rural Life Museum.

Chairman (David Gale) and Secretary (John Evans) received the award on behalf of the Usk in Bloom Committee on the same day as another committee member, Phil Rollings, was collecting the Wales in Bloom trophy at an awards ceremony in Criccieth.

David Gale said that “it had been a great honour to represent the United Kingdom in Entente Florale in 2006 and thanked everyone who had contributed to the town’s success in both competitions”.

An Entente Florale judge takes a closeup view!

In the 2006 Entente Florale the outstanding entrant and gold award winner in the town/village class was the Austrian community of Virgen in the Tyrol. Set amongst beautiful mountain scenery the communities ‘green’ credentials were enhanced by generating its own electricity from solar and hydroelectric schemes.

In the city class, Wales achieved further success with a well-deserved gold award for Cardiff.