Appeal to support community garden plan on Bury St Edmunds estate

Mark Westley Photography'Appeals to help form community garden''Home Farm Lane, Bury St Edmunds''Cllr Sarah Stamp is helping to set up a community garden on Southgate.  'NNRA Gwen Williams, Diane Joynson, Ann Williamson, Sarah Stamp with Patrick Chung and Martin Tustain with Max Cooke aged 3 with Archie the dog. ANL-150519-213914009

Mark Westley Photography'Appeals to help form community garden''Home Farm Lane, Bury St Edmunds''Cllr Sarah Stamp is helping to set up a community garden on Southgate. 'NNRA Gwen Williams, Diane Joynson, Ann Williamson, Sarah Stamp with Patrick Chung and Martin Tustain with Max Cooke aged 3 with Archie the dog. ANL-150519-213914009

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A Bury St Edmunds neighbourhood group is appealing for volunteers and funding to help transform unused land into a much needed community garden.

The Nowton Neighbiurhood Residents Association aims to plant 20,000 bulbs on the land, off Home Farm Lane behind the Macebearer pub, to create the green haven.

Borough Cllrs Sarah Stamp and Patrick Chung have offered their support but the group is in need of volunteers and sponsorship to help the plans become a reality.

Chairman Ann Williamson said: “There are people on the estate who won’t have gardens as they live in flats and there are people who, unless they go out, won’t see anybody.

“It’s an unused piece of land that could look a lot better than it does and something to bring people together.

“We’re hoping to get the primary school children involved and they can use it for their nature lessons.”

She said they want to raise funds in the long term to carve felled trees on the site into chairs and tables for visitors to use.

Cllr Stamp added: “We want goodwill and man hours locally from volunteers in the community.”

In terms of sponsorship, she said there could be a company in the town which would like to sponsor the project and supply bulbs and seeds.

Anyone who is able to help with the project should email Mrs Williamson at nowtonnra@gmail.com