Bury’s new bee friendly garden as ‘crafty’ contest returns

The launch of the Kids Crafty Can competition at the new bee friendly garden in the Abbey Gardens - Picture by Bury in Bloom Photographer Sandy Miles ANL-160207-121416001
The launch of the Kids Crafty Can competition at the new bee friendly garden in the Abbey Gardens - Picture by Bury in Bloom Photographer Sandy Miles ANL-160207-121416001
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A bee friendly garden has been planted in Bury St Edmunds’ Abbey Gardens - as a ‘crafty’ floral themed children’s contest returns.

The new colourful green feature underneath the mosaic in the popular beauty spot boasts plants to attract bees and other insects. Creative group The Crafty Foxes have also installed bees and ladybirds made from recycled cans by local children in the garden.

It coincides with the return of its free Kids Crafty Can competition, in collaboration with Bury in Bloom to promote pollination. Children have the chance to decorate a can in which they will grow a wildflower. They then have to post a picture of their efforts at www.facebook.com/thecraftyfoxes.buryinbloom with their name to be in with the chance of winning a prize.

Free packs containing a can, compost and seeds are available from the Abbey Gardens Rangers Hut, Abbey Gardens Café, Athenaeum, The Apex, Cathedral TIP, Moreton Hall Coffee Shop, Nowton Park, Abbeygate Cinema and Woolpit Nurseries

A free Crafty Cans open drop in workshop will be held at the cathedral on Saturday, July 9 from 2pm to 4pm. Book via www.thecraftyfoxes.co.uk

Michelle Freeman, who runs The Crafty Foxes, said: “It’s a good way of getting children involved in gardening and understanding the environment they live in. There’s something crafty about growing a garden in a confined space.”

The deadline for entries is September 16 at noon.