Usk in Bloom volunteers are
celebrating their Gold medal after the Judges
had announced that Usk had won their category of
large village in the Wales in Bloom National
Competition. This was the 31st year in a row that
Usk has been victorious and in the process, despite
one of the worst summers on record had achieved the
highest marks in the whole of Wales and indeed
across all 8 category competition entrants.
New Chairman, Tony Kear said “
After the success at the London 2012 Olympics, I’m
absolutely thrilled that our team of volunteers have
achieved the official Wales in Bloom gold medal
standard. Their commitment and passion to succeed
and make Usk a better place has been remarkable with
planting and deadheading taking place in all
weathers. It has been a challenging period, none
more so than the week of judging when we received
the tragic news of the sudden and unexpected passing
of our secretary, Frances Dearlove. We dedicate this
success to her.
I also pay tribute to our
sponsors, the Businesses and residents of Usk whose
enthusiastic participation really does help make Usk
the “Town of Flowers” I also thank all the
organisations that contributed on Judging day,: The
Mayor of Usk, Cllr Christine Wilkinson, The
allotment growers, Manor Court residents, Usk Police
(particularly Chief Constable Mrs Camel Napier), Usk
Church in Wales Head Teacher, Jared Nolan, Staff and
children , Kay Peacock for their garden project, Usk
and sunflowers Nurseries, Usk Conservation Group,
Usk Brownies and WI, Monmouthshire Youth Services
and the Usk Memorial Hall Committee. Such groups
typify the community participation and what so
impressed the judge Jim Knight. Monmouthshire County
Council’s team have also been outstanding in their
support ensuring the Town was spotless on judging
day” We look forward to receiving the
award on Friday 14th September in Rhyl.
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2012 Wales in Bloom results
It is by popular
consensus that this summer has been like no other
that any local gardener can remember. That hasn't
deterred the hard working volunteers of Usk in Bloom
have continued to meet on a Monday and Wednesday to
deadhead and tidy the 81 beds and tubs that the
Committee look after. When the sun has finally shone
and the temperatures risen the Town really has
started to bloom. Twyn Square has indeed looked a
fine sight and a wonderful welcome for visitors to
The Judging of the Town for the Wales in
Bloom Competition took place on Friday 20th July and
thankfully the sun did peak out a little but, of
course, the rain had to rear up for a short time .
The very experienced Wales in Bloom Judge Jim Knight
was very thorough in his questioning and attention
to detail. He very much enjoyed his visit and also
passed a few very favourable words on regarding the
community participation, the involvement of the
children right from nursery age through to the
Monmouthshire youth service. The environmental side
of the competition is coming more to the fore under
the leadership of the RHS and certainly the work of
the Usk Conservation Group was well received.
Involved on the tour of the Town were: The
Mayor, The Allotment Group at the Sessions House,
The Usk Conservation Group, Manor Court, The Police,
Usk Primary School and 9 children, Usk Nursery, The
Vicar of St Mary's Church, the Usk WI and Brownies,
Monmouthshire Youth Service, Sunflowers Nursery and
Memorial Hall Members. We must not forget the
considerable tidy up work undertaken by
Monmouthshire County Council before the judge's
visit. On behalf of the Committee, we thank all who
helped and gave up their time to make Jim Knight
The Wales in Bloom results are announced on
the 17th August.
Usk Town Competition results were announced
on the 31st July after being assessed by 4
independently appointed judges who live outside Usk.
The Various categories had short lists drawn up by
the Usk in Bloom Committee members who had in the
previous week toured the Town on foot. The judging
of the front gardens alone took nearly 6 hours with
marks awarded on 5 areas: Initial Impression, Colour
Scheme, use of available space, Imaginative use of
plants and features and the quality of plants and
The results are published on the Town and
Bloom Web sites, on Twitter @UskinBloom, on FaceBook
Usk in Bloom - the Town of Flowers, and the Town
Usk in Bloom -
late July photos
After a the record
breaking poor weather in April and early
May, Usk in Bloom have had to quickly get
into their welly boots and then sun hats in
late May in preparation for the 2012 season
and defence of the Wales in Bloom category.
The theme this summer is one of celebration
and Jubilees - Of course Her Majesty's
Diamond Jubilee, 30 years of consecutive
success in Wales in Bloom and the 30th
Olympiad. Eagle eyed residents will have
noticed the specialist display bed in the
Square with "30" planted in flowers all
sponsored by Roberts and Co Estate Agents of
Usk. The Committee are grateful for the
support of Mark and his Team.
The committee chose the
colour scheme of Purple, yellow and white
rather than the popular jubilee red, white
and blue themes, to link into the Royal
colour of purple and that Usk has unique
Mayoral purple robes.
"There's a hole in my bucket...well
actually a plant container in Twyn Square"
New Vice Chairman Reg Darge looks in.
The Town flowers have been
supplied by Russell and Anna from The Willows Garden
Centre who have also provided a watering service for
the hanging baskets in Bridge Street. Special thanks
go to the Glen - Yr- Afon Hotel for sponsoring the
flowers on Usk Bridge supplied by Usk Garden Centre.
Numbers of helpers are "blooming" thanks to an
appeal for support and existing links within the
community being built upon. The goal this season is
to ask residents to adopt a tub or container,
planted by Usk in Bloom for its upkeep and to ease
commercial watering costs. Additionally, the
committee would be delighted to hear from residents
who may have a hidden gem of a garden that could be
included on the Judges Tour.
With Judging for Wales in Bloom taking place in
early July, fingers are crossed that the efforts
around the whole Town and the Garden rejuvenation
project at Usk School will stand us in good stead to
put up a stout defence of our category.
New Chairman Tony Kear commented:-
"The response to our request for new volunteers,
support from businesses in Bridge Street and new
sponsors has been fantastic. Usk has rightfully
gained the reputation as the Town of Flowers and the
work of the volunteers of Usk in Bloom, backed up by
the fantastic Usk Open garden Weekends has over 31
years brought in thousands of visitors to the Town -
something so vital in today's difficult economic
climate. But with out the residents community
participation as well, Usk wouldn't be the fantastic
place it is to live in"
"On behalf of the volunteers, may I thank Usk's new
Mayor, Cllr Christine Wilkinson, for nominating Usk
in Bloom as one of her chosen recipients for awards
from the Mayoral Fundraising events in 2012/3 and
also the Key family from the Nags Head in Twyn
Square for allowing the annual Auction to take place
and help raise £4,200"
If you would like to assist and be a part of a
friendly group of green fingered volunteers, why not
firstname.lastname@example.org or follow us on Facebook -
"Usk in Bloom - The Town of Flowers" or on Twitter @UskinBloom.
Usk is starting to
bloom - see the photos!
Usk wins another
Gold award in the
Wales in Bloom competition 2011
Usk Town Gardens competition 2011
Gold award results
Usk wins its class in
Wales in Bloom 2010
2010 Town Competition winners list.
Champions of Class
Competition Winners 2009
Britain in Bloom 2009
Usk had the honour of representing
Wales in ‘Britain in Bloom’ in 2009. The town was
awarded a Silver Gilt award at a prestigious
award ceremony in Torquay in September.
Wales in Bloom 2009
Usk has won its class in Wales in
Bloom and secured a gold award in 2009 (with
174 points out of 200 - one point more than in
2008). We are the only winners of gold in the
competition this year. In our class, the second
placed large village had 50 points less than us.
Usk in Bloom
Newsletter for 2009
After three years of achieving
Silver Gilt standard, in 2008 Usk was awarded a
GOLD MEDAL. A Gold Medal score is 170 points and
above, out of a possible score of 200 points. Usk
recorded a score of 173 points.
In Class 6, Large Village section
of the Wales in Bloom competition 2008, Usk
secured 1st place with Lampeter in 2nd place.
Other local results: Class 1 City Class-Newport 1st
place; Class 4 Small Town-Chepstow 2nd place;
Abergavenny merit; Class 7 Village-Raglan 2nd place;
Class 9a hotels pubs etc-Milton Hotel Llanwern;
Class 11a Commercial etc- Raglan Ford merit.
and bronze awards in the Usk Town Competition
Usk Wins Wales in Bloom Class 6 again in 2007!
Class 6 Large Village Trophy: 1st:- Usk
with a Silver Gilt.
Class 9a Hotels, Guest Houses, Public Houses
and Restaurants All Areas: Merit:- Nags Head.
Class 21 Schools Gardening & Environment
Competition: Joint Second:- Usk Church in Wales
of the 2007 Usk Town competition - click for details.
Results of 2006 Competitions
Usk was one of two communities to represent the
United Kingdom in Entente Florale (Europe in Bloom)
in 2006 and won a Silver Award. Usk also won Class 6
(the large village category) in Wales in Bloom. It
is the 25th successive year in which Usk has won a
class in the national competition.
See a full list of
the 2006 Usk in Bloom town awards.