Community leaders in Bury St Edmunds showcased a year’s worth of green and floral efforts as Anglia in Bloom judges toured the town today.
The Bury Society’s Bury in Bloom highlighted their work to keep the town shining as the ‘jewel in the crown of Suffolk’ which has included the St Edmund wolf on the Southgate Green roundabout.
Other eye-catching features have included the River of Flowers on the Tollgate Triangle, an owl sculpture at West Suffolk Hospital, the Crafty Cans initiative and more hanging baskets around the town.
If Bury is named the overall winner of the large town category regionally, it will go forward to compete in Britain in Bloom.
Melanie Lesser, campaign co-ordinator, said: “This year has seen increased community involvement from schools to churches and friends groups. More people have approached me with ideas.”
Of the campaign’s proudest moments, she noted the 7ft tall wolf sculpture carved by Suffolk sculptor Ben Loughrill and the River of Flowers which was supported by Adrian Bloom, of Bressingham Gardens.
Mrs Lesser added that they are delighted with Bury in Bloom’s new sponsor Greene King.
During the judges’ tour, they met representatives from St Edmundsbury Primary and Howard Middle Schools, who were joint winners of Bury in Bloom’s Young Green Fingers outstanding achievement award. The results will be announced in September/October. Judges will return next week to view the Abbey Gardens and Nowton Park.
- Meanwhile, Sally Strawberry from the East of England Co-op Goodness Gang visited St Edmundsbury Primary to hand out soft toys, stickers, cress and seeds.