National nomination for Talgarth gardening group

By Luke Williams   |   Reporter   |
Sunday 6th March 2022 12:00 pm
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Left is Talgarth’s Shade Garden and right is cornflowers in the Riverside Garden
Left is Talgarth’s Shade Garden and right is cornflowers in the Riverside Garden (Grow For Talgarth )

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A green-fingered community is in celebration after being chosen as a Welsh representative in a nationwide gardening competition.

Grow for Talgarth have described their ‘honour’ of being chosen as one of just thee communities across Wales to go into the UK finals of the RHS Britain in Bloom 2022.

The community will go into the finals this summer and be judged alongside 45 other community gardening groups. The other two communities in Wales shortlisted are Denbigh in Bloom/Dinbych yn Blodeuo, and Prestatyn in Bloom, both in Denbighshire.

Britain in Bloom is the largest horticultural campaign in the United Kingdom. The competition, first held in 1963, is entered by the communities of towns, villages and cities.

Since 2002, the awards have been based on the Royal Horticultural Society’s medal standards of Gold, Silver Gilt, Silver and Bronze.

Grow for Talgarth announced the exciting news on their Facebook page.

In a post, they said: “With Wales in Bloom in the first two weeks in July and Talgarth hosting the Wales in Bloom Presentation Awards in September, it’s going to be a busy year!

“The RHS are committed to planet friendly gardening and they provide a comprehensive framework and a set of criteria to help our gardening practices that just makes sense to us.”

This year, finalists will be judged according to strengthened environmental criteria that will help them to consider sustainability issues and implement planet-friendly gardening techniques within their community projects.

The Talgarth group added: “We will still have plenty of colour around the town but we will continue to ensure that we have a good balance of perennial planting in our gardens, boxes and baskets.

“We will again be planting an abundance of pollinator friendly plants and use only peat free compost when we plant our seeds and raise young plants. Watering is always a challenge but we already have six water butts around town to harvest water and we hope to add to these over the next few months.”

Grow for Talgarth meet every Wednesday afternoon and from March, on Sunday mornings. Anyone is welcome to join them.


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