Llandudno in Bloom, Wales United Kingdom – 2018 International Finalist
Llandudno was named after St Tudno, a 6th Century Saint who brought Christianity to the area and was developed as a coastal destination in Victorian times by the Mostyn family. Known as ‘the Queen of Welsh’ Resorts, the town has two award winning beaches, each with distinctive characteristics. Llandudno has retained much of its Victorian character with its wide streets, sweeping promenade and its famous pier, all now under the protection of a conservation order. The Great Orme, named from the Viking word Horma Heva, meaning sea monster is a Special Site of Scientific Interest of limestone rock and grassland and is home to over 500 species of wildflowers and wildlife as well as the Bronze age copper mines. Llandudno is also blessed with many open spaces and parks spread over its coastal and rural area and has a diverse and thriving business community.
The main industry of the town is tourist based and we recognise that an attractive environment is a major attraction to visitors which is why we are proud to have been participating in the Wales in Bloom competition since 1986 and more recently in the Britain in Bloom competition, winning a gold award in 2017 as well as hosting the annual awards ceremony.
Llandudno’s success can be attributed to the ‘in Bloom’ campaign being driven by a diverse group of individuals, community and business groups in partnership with Llandudno Town and Conwy County Borough Councils, who have come together to maintain and improve the town’s unique environment. Through ‘Education in Bloom’, a number of schools are involved in the campaign through school gardening projects and an annual art competition. The town’s own annual gardening competition is well supported and we are also pleased to promote the Welsh language, culture and heritage through the campaign.
Llandudno in Bloom is honoured to have been invited to participate in this year’s Communities in Bloom International Challenge and looks forward to showcasing our beautiful town.