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Plas Mawr looks blooming lovely

Residents at Plas Mawr sheltered housing scheme have high hopes that their corner of Usk will look blooming lovely this summer.

Each year townsfolk are involved in planting up baskets, tubs and anything that doesn’t move (and in some cases things that do!) with glorious flowers as part of Usk in Bloom.

Olive and Josh plant up baskets

We at MHA wanted to ensure that our tenants could participate and funded the planting of nine baskets to hang outside the windows of the communal lounge. With help from Nantyderry Garden Centre who provided and delivered the plants and baskets; volunteer dad, Josh giving his time through the Dads Can project; and resident, Olive Plas Mawr is now adorned with foliage and bright summer flowers.

Olive, who has a keen green finger quickly got stuck in, instructing Josh in choosing the best plants to match each other to provide colour and texture as well as planting up a basket or two herself.

Residents were thrilled with the colourful baskets and are looking forward to seeing them flourish in the coming weeks ahead of the Usk in Bloom judging.

Tenant board member and local resident, Zena Beirne dropped by and was thrilled and later said via her Twitter account, "It's lovely to see staff and volunteers at Monmouthshire Housing out in the community today."

Lee, Zena and volunteer dad, Josh planting at Plas Mawr

If you are part of a local group or project that helps improve your neighbourhood or supports people in your community why not get in touch? Our corporate sponsorship fund can award up to £1000 to help your project - contact Emma Assender on 01495 745762 or email

We can also help you understand more about getting funding and contacting the right people in the right places in our Influencing Decision Makers training. It’s FREE to tenants and only £10 to the public. Call Engagement team on 01495 767179 to find out when the next course runs.

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