Floral efforts in Bury St Edmunds scoop gold in Anglia in Bloom Awards

Anglia in Bloom judges Brian Thorneton and Eileen Ward in the Abbey Gardens with Bury in Bloom committee members.'Picture Mark Westley ANL-150714-142830009
Anglia in Bloom judges Brian Thorneton and Eileen Ward in the Abbey Gardens with Bury in Bloom committee members.'Picture Mark Westley ANL-150714-142830009
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Bury St Edmunds has scooped gold and won categories in the Anglia In Bloom Awards for its green and floral efforts.

Bury In Bloom won gold in the large town category - up from last year’s silver gilt - and the town was a joint winner for the best local authority floral display for the Abbey Gardens.

The Abbey Gardens and Nowton Park received gold in the large parks category and Nowton Park won the overall award for large parks.

Bury In Bloom’s certificates of merit initiative, which recognise gardening excellence across the town, was named best community project.

Judges praised the Abbey Gardens for a change of use in flowers to include insect friendly planting and the work of Rebecca Davis, horticultural officer for St Edmundsbury Borough Council.

They were also impressed with the eco-cafe at Nowton Park.

Bury was also shortlisted for best sustainable roundabout for the Risbygate roundabout, which has a sculpture of St Edmund.

Melanie Lesser, Bury In Bloom co-ordinator, said: “I’m absolutely thrilled - one of the things I wanted to do in the last year was include more and more of the Bury St Edmunds community and this has been a really good award for all of the hard work everyone has put in.”

Bury In Bloom is part of the Bury Society.