It is not just the grand garden designs that win plaudits from Bury In Bloom, as volunteers toured the town this week giving praise where it’s due.
Ann Tuvey in Tayfen Terrace was typical of those awarded an ‘outstanding achievement’ certificate for small but effective displays.
In an area of town where planted front gardens are rare, Ann had created a bright potted display by her front door.
When I called with Sue Savage from the Bury Society and Bury in Bloom organiser Melanie Lesser she modestly apologised because the display is starting to die back.
“When we moved here I was really upset because there was no garden,” she said. “But Orwell Housing let me put pots outside and that’s how it started. People can’t believe it, they often comment on it.”
She says the closeness to a busy road, with traffic queuing for the roundabout, means some things struggle. She has had to move roses from the road side of her front door to the other side, where they are sheltered by some bushes.
Bury in Bloom committee member Colin Taylor, who se idea it was, said: “We had such a positive response last year — residents were delighted to find they had been awarded a certificate.”
Melanie said that this year one resident burst into tears on being awarded a certificate. The front garden had been her husband’s pride and joy until he died recently. She had been trying to maintain his standards since then so the praise meant a lot to her.