Bury St Edmunds park now home to a willow gardener

Robin Burnett, chair of Bury in Bloom, Rebecca Davis, horticultural officer at St Edmundsbury Borough Council, Melanie Lesser, Bury in Bloom co-ordinator, Elizabeth Cooke, artist, Michelle Freeman, of The Crafty Fox, and Graham Maynard, park manager
Robin Burnett, chair of Bury in Bloom, Rebecca Davis, horticultural officer at St Edmundsbury Borough Council, Melanie Lesser, Bury in Bloom co-ordinator, Elizabeth Cooke, artist, Michelle Freeman, of The Crafty Fox, and Graham Maynard, park manager
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A willow gardener, commissioned by Bury in Bloom, is now standing proudly with his wheelbarrow in Bury St Edmunds’ Abbey Gardens.

The project was the inspiration of Rebecca Davis, St Edmundsbury Borough Council’s horticultural officer, and was brought to life by Chevington-based artist Elizabeth Cooke, who created a steel frame and wrapped it with willow grown in the Bury water meadows.

Melanie Lesser, Bury in Bloom co-ordinator, said lots of visitors were taking the gardener’s photograph when he was installed in a bed of bee-friendly plants, by the park’s mosaic, this week.

“We are delighted with the gardener – he makes a great focal point in the bed which we will be using each year for different displays linked to other projects around the town,” she added.

Michelle Freeman, of The Crafty Foxes, has also created a hedgehog family from recycled items to keep the gardener company.