Anglia in Bloom judges enjoyed a couple of impromptu stops during their tour of Bury St Edmunds yesterday and, along the way, admired the selection of wolves that are currently adorning the town.
The luxuriant hanging baskets across the town were much admired but judges were particularly impressed with Bury in Bloom’s community involvement and the way the town had taken on board sustainable plantings.
The tour began with presentations and stalls at Moyse’s Hall Museum where they saw displays by Young Green Fingers, Bury Green Fingers and certificates of merit for residents’gardens as well as a display by Howard Middle School’s gardening project.
One of their unplanned visits was at Palmers were they saw hanging baskets on the scaffolding on the building as well as a visit to Gavin Ashley hair stylists in Churchgate Street to see its courtyard garden.
Judge saw a number of wolves placed around town, part of the Ourburystedmunds Wolf Trail, as well being shown the book at the Abbey Gate which explains the legend of the wolf and St Edmund.
They visited the children’s floral art display and the piece by Michael Brennand-Wood. in the Abbey Gardens and told organiser of Bury in Bloom they were impressed by the softer planting at the Abbey Gardens which has been attracting bees and hover flies.
Judges were then taken to Moreton Hall where they saw the Flying Fortress Park planted by developer Taylor Wimpey and visited Abbots Green Primary School before enjoying refreshments at Greene King’s Brewery Tap.
Melanie Lesser, Bury in Bloom co-ordinator, said: “I felt it went very well. The judges were very enthusiastic and asked lots of interesting and interested questions and said how we had really moved on, taking on board sustainable planting, and they also praised our community involvement.”
Bury in Bloom is part of The Bury Society.
Anglia in Bloom judging will be on September 17.