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Revamp of water gardens in Bury St Edmunds after £40,000 donation from regular visitor

Guests and dignitaries gather in the Abbey Gardens for the opening of the new water gardens ANL-140514-153726009

Guests and dignitaries gather in the Abbey Gardens for the opening of the new water gardens ANL-140514-153726009

  • by Paul Derrick
 

The peaceful waters of a secluded area in Bury St Edmunds’ Abbey Gardens have re-opened following a revamp thanks to £40,000 donation.

The water gardens now boast new planting while a pathway and pond have been restored and two 1950s shelters have been given ornate wrought iron gates to improve the appearance and access to the area.

It follows a £40,000 donation from an anonymous donor, who is a regular visitor to the gardens. About £10,000 from the donation also paid for improvements to the sensory gardens.

Sophie Roebuck, chairman of the Friends of Abbey Gardens, said: “It looks wonderful. Without this donation, this valuable work wouldn’t have gone ahead.

“The gardens are very popular with visitors and residents and this just brings the park together and makes it more attractive for all to enjoy.”

Work on the water gardens, which were created in 1959, was originally scheduled for completion three months ago but was delayed due to a bat hibernating in one of the shelters.

The area was closed off to the public for about six months with the work carried out by St Edmundsbury Borough Council.

Cllr Sarah Stamp, portfolio holder for heritage, arts and culture, said: “The Abbey Gardens attracts more than 1.3 million visitors every year and is truly the jewel in the crown of Bury St Edmunds.

“This work, which has been made possible thanks to an extremely generous anonymous benefactor, has allowed us to make huge improvements to a part of the gardens that was in need of some tender loving care and I’m sure many people will enjoyed the redesigned water gardens in years to come.”

What do you think of the new look water gardens?

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