Abandoned wildlife garden on Bury St Edmunds estate given £25,000 make-over

Lauren Hollands, of Havebury, Ann Williamson and Ruth Shattock, of residents association, Philip Sullivan, of Havebury, Martin Tustain with Archie, Cllr Sarah Stamp and Jordan Gardiner. ANL-141217-195757009
Lauren Hollands, of Havebury, Ann Williamson and Ruth Shattock, of residents association, Philip Sullivan, of Havebury, Martin Tustain with Archie, Cllr Sarah Stamp and Jordan Gardiner. ANL-141217-195757009
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An abandoned wildlife garden on a Bury St Edmunds estate has been given a £25,000 make-over by a housing association.

The area, in Caie Walk on the Nowton estate, had become overgrown attracting litter and fly-tipping.

After consulting with residents, Havebury Housing Partnership removed three lime trees, cleared the site and supplied planting as well as new benches.

The project, which was overseen by Havebury’s Neighbourhood Investment Panel, has been praised by residents and community leaders.

Ann Williamson, chairman of the Nowton Residents Association, said: “I’m really impressed with the benches.

“They look brilliant and the colours look so good.

“We’re looking forward to seeing lots of colour in the spring. Well done and a big thank you to Havebury.”

Borough and County Cllr Sarah Stamp added: “This is a fantastic example of agencies like Havebury working closely together with local residents for the benefit of the community. The planting scheme has greatly improved the look of Caie Walk and residents have told me how much they appreciate the changes.”

This year Havebury’s Neighbourhood Investment Panel has invested about £131,000 in local communities supporting projects such as Haverhill community football facility improvements and replacing the village sign in Great Barton.

Anyone who has an idea for a community project should contact Lauren Hollands on 01284 722035 who can go through the application process.