Usk History


Floral Displays
Permanent Planting
Town Competition


Len and Marie's front garden - best in Wales.

Three successes for Usk this year:-

Usk has won the Wales in Bloom large village category for the 34th time.

Usk Junior School garden is the best School Garden in Wales with a gold award.

Best Front Garden in Wales was awarded to Usk gardeners Len and Marie Watts.

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 of Champions.

Usk in Bloom Volunteers ready for a town litter pick.

The Usk in Bloom Chairman discusses a wildflower
garden with the Wales in Bloom judge (left).

Children from Usk School talk about their garden to
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 economy.

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.

June, the flowers are starting to bloom.
The plough is being painted!

Early June- a large group of volunteers (and one dog) planting up more than 25 flower tubs around the town.

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, Stephen Crabb.  

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 Millennium Garden.  

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 Museum.

Twyn Square Usk in March

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 second helping.

Drinks, nibbles… a chance to chat and contribute to Usk’s championship bid.  No fee, but a donation would be welcome

As ever we are always looking for volunteers.. Please do email us on uskinbloom@gmail.com or ring chairman Tony Kear on 07824810182. We'd love to hear from you.

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