Len and Marie's front garden
- best in Wales.
Three successes for Usk
Usk has won the Wales
in Bloom large village category for the
Usk Junior School garden is the best
School Garden in Wales with a gold
Best Front Garden in Wales was
awarded to Usk gardeners Len and Marie
Usk in Bloom must now wait for the result
of their entry in Britain in Bloom
Champion of Champions. This will
be announced on 16th October.
Twyn Square in August
Bridge Street in August
The Britain in Bloom judges were taken on a tour of Usk
to see the flowers, learn about local projects and
to meet community representatives. Usk will be judging on three
criteria, horticultural achievement, community
participation and environmental responsibility.
The final score takes into account a range of
factors from condition of street furniture to
engagement of young people. Usk is competing
to be the 2015 Royal Horticulture Society Champion
Usk in Bloom Volunteers ready for a town
Usk in Bloom Chairman discusses a
garden with the Wales in Bloom judge (left).
Children from Usk School talk about their
the Wales in Bloom judge.
Britain in Bloom – Champion of Champions sounds
impressive? How fantastic would it be to say - we
are the best of the best in the whole of the UK and
Northern Ireland! There is much to do. Wild flower
beds sponsored by Number 49 Cafe are brightening up
the entrance to Usk from the A449 alongside the
revitalised railway sleeper beds opposite Usk
School. The hanging baskets in Bridge Street are
colour co-ordinated. There’s new planters by Usk
Castle Mews and St Mary’s Church, Wild flowers in
Maryport Street North car park where areas have been
enhanced by the use of locally produced bark.
There’s a new peaceful seating outside the co-op
where our locally inspired mural will hang as well
as a new notice board and paved area. Trees, old and
potentially new for public spaces, have been
reviewed. Bins have been painted, benches repaired
and highway signs cleaned. Weeds, after an
aggressive start to summer, should be gone as well
as the rubbish in our streets as cleaning has been
restructured through the respective Councils. All
these initiative have been inspired by the Usk in
Bloom Volunteer Team who are striving to make Usk a
better place to live and boost our much needed local
The Wales in Bloom judges will be in Usk on the 18th July.
Usk gardens will be judged on 20th July as part of
the Usk Town Competition.
Wildflower planting on the
road into Usk.
Flower bed prepared in
March. Flowers coming out in July.
New flower baskets going on the Usk bridge.
Usk in Bloom are
celebrating an incredible 35 years of gardening
floral excellence this year and the summer of 2015
couldn't be more exciting and challenging as the
Britain in Bloom Champion of Champions entry
beckons. Letters of support have been received from
HRH The Duchess of Cornwall, the First Minister,
Carwyn Jones and The Secretary of State of Wales,
After the stunning daffodil showing in Twyn Square,
the end of May will see the carefully planned public
floral displays re-appear all around the town
featuring the blue, yellow and red colour schemes.
New displays will be appearing in Monmouth
Road, with 3 new pollinator wild flower meadows
opposite Usk School as well 2 new beds outside St.
Mary's Church. Perennial beds at Ladyhill have been
pruned and replanted. The hanging basket service for
businesses in Bridge Street will be available again
to see a great consistent colourful presentation.
Usk Church in Wales Primary School has been
undertaking changes in the infant areas and the
It is hoped to see a wishing well built in Twyn
Square, thanks to the support of Usk Rotary Club,
which will encourage visitors to lighten their
pockets of coins! Usk in Bloom will be joining up
again with the Brownies and Scouts, the Usk WI, the
Environmental Group, Usk Castle Friends, the Usk
Civic Society, St Mary's Church and the Rural Life
Twyn Square Usk in
Chris Brain in action at the Annual Auction
Over £6,000 was raised in our annual auction.
It was a great night at the Nag’s Head, Usk.
The money will go towards the expense involved in
Usk’s bid to become the Champion of Champions in
Britain in Bloom 2015. Thanks to auctioneer
Chris Brain for selling prizes and promises from
local businesses, individuals and organisations with
such spirit and enthusiasm! And many thanks to
the numerous generous donors and bidders who helped
raise this amazing total.
April 22nd at the Centenary Hall, Maryport
Street, Usk. 7.30pm
A chance to view a DVD of the state of the town and
its flowers in summer 1993. Plus: your
opportunity to find out how to make the best Hanging
Basket and a mini Auction! If you missed the
main auction on 4th March, this is your chance to
catch up. We had more donations than we could
possibly fit into one evening, so come along for a
Drinks, nibbles… a chance to chat and contribute to
Usk’s championship bid. No fee, but a donation
would be welcome
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