Abergavenny councillors have funnelled thousands of pounds to local community groups ahead of Abergavenny in Bloom.

Building on last year’s second place, a cross-group effort is underway with five organisations getting a cash injection from the town council in a bid to improve on judge John Williams’ recommendations.

The Friends of Linda Vista Gardens received £300 to renew some areas of planting and will now be getting on with digging out the old and putting in the new so that everyone can enjoy the blooming gardens during the summer months.

A £730 cheque was also issued to Friends of Bailey Park, which will go towards new planting, paint and tools, to make their sensory garden a ‘fantastic’ place to relax, whilst Friends of Castle Meadows were awarded £500 towards their ongoing work. Which includes planting up an area near the bottom of the Castle. Brownies have been called upon to help to create this ‘riot of colour’, said town clerk Jane Lee.

The Friends of Abergavenny Library Service have received £250 to create a floral spectacle outside the front of the library beside the sculpture and look out for the window decorations on the Baker Street side of the library and the Town Hall.

Pupils at Our Lady’s of St Michael School will be planting up their unwanted wellies, planting up floral beds and planters and growing their own fruit and veg in a seed-to-fork project helped along with a £1000 boost.

Abergavenny Mayor, Councillor Teslin Davies, said, “I’m delighted that so many local organisations are getting involved in making the town better for everyone and the town council is delighted to be able to assist them.”