A CONSERVATION group in Usk is shortlisted for a national award.

Usk Conservation and Environmental Group was among 60 groups around the UK and Ireland to be shortlisted for its work in the community by Procter & Gamble's Future Friendly Award.

The group, which formed 11 years ago, was selected as a regional winner for its work to establish a new wildflower meadow on woodland area on Maryport Street and in clearing 1000m of disused railway to create a walking and cycling route which provides a link in the Usk Nature Trail.

The group relies on volunteers and also encourages local school’s to take parts in community projects.

Graham Harris, group secretary said: "It is fantastic that our hard work is recognised and to be the only entrant in the area shortlisted."

"If we won the £10,000 prize money it would enable us to continue our work in making the old rail track useable as a path," he added.

The group is one of twelve regional semi-finalists to take part in the national final.

The winner will be announced on September 27.