Army of volunteers to deliver certificates recognising front gardens

Volunteers prepare to hand out the Bury in Bloom Certificates of Merit
Volunteers prepare to hand out the Bury in Bloom Certificates of Merit

Households and businesses across Bury St Edmunds will be awarded for their green efforts as an army of volunteers prepare to hand out hundreds of certificates.

About 50 volunteers will sweep through the town in the first week of September to deliver the Bury in Bloom Certificates of Merit which recognise those who have made an effort with their front gardens.

With more than 1,000 certificates to distribute, winners will only learn of their success when the award arrives through their letter box.

The popular two-year-old scheme has been expanded to include the whole town.

Melanie Lesser, campaign co-ordinator of the Bury Society’s Bury in Bloom, said: “People don’t have to enter so it’s a surprise for them.

“We’re looking at whether the front garden makes a positive impact on the street scene, have they made good use of their different circumstances and is there a wow factor. We’re including commercial buildings if people have made an effort with the shop or business.”

Volunteers from clubs and societies have joined the judging team including the Bury Society, church groups, National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Society, Women’s Institute, Abbey Garden Friends, Bury Flower Club and Friends of the Cathedral.

Elizabeth Clement, certificate of merit co-ordinator, added that next year’s judging will be held in July when gardens, window boxes and hanging baskets will be at their best and hopes the incentive of a certificate will encourage others to make Bury ‘appear even more attractive’.