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Green revamp will provide wildlife habitat in church grounds

St Johns Church was felling trees and planting a wildlife hedge as part of a project to create a wildlife planting scheme in the churchyard. ANL-141103-125702001

St Johns Church was felling trees and planting a wildlife hedge as part of a project to create a wildlife planting scheme in the churchyard. ANL-141103-125702001

The grounds of an historic Bury St Edmunds church are being given a green make-over after members and residents rallied together.

The group of volunteers started work on the project at St John the Evangelist, in St John’s Street, to give it a ‘greener and more cheerful look’.

They are planting an indigenous hedge at the north side with further planting around the church to provide a habitat for wildlife and wildflowers in the grass areas. There will also be a yew tree and, later in the year, spring bulbs planted.

The work is in conjunction with Sustainable Bury and the adjacent The Centre, which has a community herb and vegetable garden project.

Adrian Mann, church member, said: “It will be much greener and more cheerful. We hope there will be some birds and bees around the place.

“It’s a project to be carried out throughout the year.”

Money for the project has been raised by church members and residents. The initiative has been backed by the Bury Society’s Bury in Bloom group.

 

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