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CAMPAIGN: Let’s improve ‘unsightly’ Bury St Edmunds underpass

The Bury Free Press and Cllr Mark Ereira need your help to improve this unsightly underpass ANL-140423-112726001

The Bury Free Press and Cllr Mark Ereira need your help to improve this unsightly underpass ANL-140423-112726001

The underpass below Parkway in Bury St Edmunds currently has six lights out of order, litter is sprawled across paths and in bushes and a planting area has become a habitat for discarded bottles.

The underpass below Parkway in Bury St Edmunds currently has six lights out of order, litter is sprawled across paths and in bushes and a planting area has become a habitat for discarded bottles.

The Bury Free Press and Suffolk county councillor Mark Ereira are asking for your ideas on how the it can be improved with £1,000 up for grabs to complete the work.

Cllr Ereira said: “It’s an unsightly, unattractive area that thousands of people are possibly seeing each day. Ideas for its improvement have got to come from the community. At the moment this is not lending itself to a good welcome to Bury St Edmunds town centre for residents and visitors.”

Cllr Ereira is offering up to £1,000 from his locality budget to fund improvements to the area.

If you have a plan and would like to be involved in the Let’s be Proud of Bury project email emma.lake@buryfreepress.co.uk or drop your proposal through the letter box of the Bury Free Press.

Tips and advice from Roger Harvey: Five times gold medallist at Chelsea Flower Show and owner of Harvey’s Garden Plants, in Thurston.

The underpass has three flower beds. Planting schemes need to be low maintenance and able to survive in a shaded and dry environment.

Roger has suggested using shade loving perennials that can give year-round interest such as Geranium macrorrhizum alongside scented foliage.

He also believes that ferns such as the Polystichum seteriferum group, which are tolerant of dry conditions and easy to grow, would suit the area.

Roger has said to avoid small plants that are need constant attention.

We need your ideas - if you need more inspiration Harvey’s Garden Plants is holding special woodland and shade days on April 25 and 26 from 9.30 to 4.30pm.

 

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