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Four main shrub beds are maintained within the town.

The first, on the western river bank near the bridge is principally a mix of heathers interplanted with conifers, fern, Euonymus and Viburnum. It looks its best when the heathers are in full bloom in March.

The triangular bed at the eastern entrance to the Conigar Avenue is mainly Berberis, Camellia and Fuchsia.

Heathers growing by the bridge.

The two beds on the Monmouth Road have been improved. Some of the more unsightly shrubs were removed in 2015 and replaced with new plantings of Berberis, Cotoneaster, Ceanothus, Choisya, Euonymus, Fuchsia and Skimmia. Look for the colourful underplanting of bulbs as their flowering stems break cover with a succession of Leucojum (snowflake), Narcissus and Allium.

The four beds at Ladyhill on the eastern approach to the town were converted from thirsty annual bedding plants to a mixture of shrubs and grasses to aid moisture conservation.

Parents, staff and children of the Usk Primary School have established a Bible Garden in the area around the entrance to the school buildings.  Much of the preparation of the site was done by youngsters of the Gwent Young Farmers Clubs who also donated a sundial for the area.  The garden is a gravel area interspersed with attractive rocks and contains many plants which are mentioned in the Bible.

Usk Conservation and Environment Group together with the Usk Brownies Pack, their leaders and parents planted 30 ash trees on the western end of the old railway track to mark the 60th anniversary of the pack. Each tree is labelled with the name of a current member or leader of the pack.