JUDGES have visited Rhuddlan to deliver their verdict for the Wales in Bloom awards.

The visitors checked out the floral displays by the Rhuddlan Environment Group (REG) as part of the Royal Horticultural Society’s It’s Your Neighbourhood competition.

Brenda Taylor, chairperson for the REG said: “This year we entered the Pentre Lane project into the competition.

“Previously this corner of Pentre Lane was overgrown and abandoned for many years. Initially the idea was to repair and refurbish the old bench and cut back the briars to improve visibility for drivers negotiating the tight left turn from Rhyl Road into Pentre Lane where the road width reduces significantly in comparision to the main road.”

REG volunteers David and Pauline Evans cleared the area of briars and overgrowth, while Mark Royle, line supervisor at Denbighshire County Council’s streetscene department helped with the removal of the rubbish.

Then the group purchased six-foot log roll, which was installed around the periphery to arrest soil movement, recycled off-cut metal to reduce water flow, compost and soil, and then added a variety of spring bulbs – mixed geraniums, hydrangea, japonica, red giant grasses, dwarf and large daffodils, pansies – and enhanced the border with lavender and morning glory.

“David Evans also installed a rain harvesting water system to the large recycled flower box, which particularly impressed the Wales in Bloom judges,” Brenda said.

A ‘Fresh Herbs from a Tin’ project was also entered into this years RHS It’s Your Neighbourhood.

Rhuddlan mayor Andrew Smith visited the project and was presented with a tin of fresh mint from
co-organisers 1st Rhuddlan Beavers.

The project provides fresh herbs free to customers outside Rhuddlan’s Co-op store.