Floral displays

In the mid 1960s it was said that the great feature of Belle Vue Park was its tulip beds in early spring.[1] These were beside the main path leading up into the park from the Cardiff Road lodge, and they were still present in the early 2000s.[2]

Special floral displays were approved from time to time, though their exact location in the park was not stated.

In 1962 the Parks Committee approved a request from the Monmouthshire branch of the British Red Cross Society, for a floral badge to be created in Belle Vue Park, to celebrate the centenary of the Society on May 8th 1963.[3]

A floral badge was agreed to mark the National Children's Home centenary in 1969.[4]

In the summer of 1988 the Women's Royal Voluntary Services successfully applied for a floral display to be provided in Belle Vue Park. Four other organisations had submitted such requests to the Leisure Services Committee.[5]

For the following year a floral badge bedding display was approved to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the National Association of Leagues of Hospital Friends,[6] and in 1990 the 75th anniversary of the formation of the Women's Institute was similarly marked following a request from the Machen Women's Institute.[7] The display approved for 1992/93 commemorated the 25th anniversary of the Newport Samaritans,[8] and for 1993 it was agreed that the Mother's Union be subject of a floral badge display to mark its centenary in Wales.[9]

The floral display approved for 1994 was to commemorate Belle Vue Park's own centenary year.[10] The following year it was agreed that the 50th anniversary of VE/VJ Day (World War 2 Victory in Europe Day and Victory in Japan Day) be marked by a floral bed display.[11]

Sources of Information

  1. County Borough of Newport Monmouthshire. The Official Handbook 1967-68. Ed. J. Burrow & Co. Ltd., publishers Cheltenham and London. page 35
  2. Personal communication (TD)
  3. Newport County Borough Council Parks and Cemeteries Committee 21st September 1962
  4. Newport County Borough Council Parks and Cemeteries Committee 15th December 1967
  5. Newport Borough Council Leisure Services Committee 3rd November 1987
  6. Newport Borough Council Leisure Services Committee 3rd January 1989
  7. Newport Borough Council Leisure Services Committee 6th February 1990
  8. Newport Borough Council Leisure Services Committee 8th November 1991
  9. Newport Borough Council Leisure Services Committee 20th October 1992
  10. Newport Borough Council Leisure Services Committee 15th February 1994
  11. Newport Borough Council Leisure Services Committee 28th March 1995