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Home’s garden ‘now unusable’

The garden at 11 Cullum Road ANL-140904-164633001

The garden at 11 Cullum Road ANL-140904-164633001

Sheltered housing gardens that won a Bury in Bloom Award are now said to be too rough for residents to use.

When Sue Whitford’s mother Olive Copsey, 83, moved to Orbit Housing’s sheltered housing in Cullum Road, Bury St Edmunds, about 12 years ago, the gardens were well maintained.

“Now they’re just wrecked,” said Mrs Whitford. “I complained about two years ago and they were going to do something about it, but it’s just deteriorated.

“We’ve won Bury in Bloom now it’s Bury in broom.

“All the residents have got walking frames, electric buggies and sticks. It’s rough and they worry they’ll trip.”

Last weekend families and staff tidied up the front garden while residents planted pots and hanging baskets.

Angela Rankin, head of independent living at Orbit East, said: “A new lift was installed last October. There was debris from the installation and the area at the back had to be temporarily closed off to make it safe.

“Our contractors will be returning soon to clear up. Once completed, work will begin to plant a new garden.”

 

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