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Wildfowers and craft growers keep Bury St Edmunds blooming

Bury in Bloom and Crafty foxes are planting seeds in cans that will be decorated and when grown the best one will win a prize.

Pictured: Francesca Freeman (6), Poppy Atkins (5), Archie atkins (7) and Maisy Freeman (9) ANL-140324-173847001

Bury in Bloom and Crafty foxes are planting seeds in cans that will be decorated and when grown the best one will win a prize. Pictured: Francesca Freeman (6), Poppy Atkins (5), Archie atkins (7) and Maisy Freeman (9) ANL-140324-173847001

Bury in Bloom has been getting creative with two projects which will help to ‘green’ the town. Children at Crafty Foxes craft workshops have been creating floral arrangements in a can while apprentice gardeners have been laying a wild flower grassed area in The Great Churchyard. Melanie Lesser, from Bury in Bloom, said: “We have many unique small projects under way this year, which is the 50th anniversay of the In Bloom organisation and we want Bury to mark that well.”

Children at Crafty Foxes craft workshops have been creating floral arrangements in a can while apprentice gardeners have been laying a wild flower grassed area in The Great Churchyard.

Bury in Bloom, which operates under the umbrella, of the Bury Society worked with St Edmundsbury Borough Council to install wildflower turf on the Great Churchyard in Crown Street.

Matt Dryton and Lee Bird, two landscape apprentices from the intermediate apprentice scheme run by West Suffolk College, prepared the ground and laid the turf supplied by Great Cornard based company Greenscape.

Birdsfoot Trefoil, Toadflax, Ragged Robin, Greater Hawkbit, Cats Ear and mixed grasses will provide a wildflower grassland in the heart of the town.

John Smithson, West Suffolk Park Operations manager, said: “This is a great project to have involved our apprentices in as it will add to their landscaping skills. We hope that growing the wildflowers will help to improve the biodiversity within the town.”

Melanie Lesser, from Bury in Bloom, said: “We have many unique small projects underway this year, which is the 50th anniversay of the In Bloom organisation. The RHS is keen to promote planting for pollinators in their 50th year of Britain in Bloom and we hope this area of green space in the heart of the town will attract pollinatots here in Bury.”

The Crafty Foxes project is a scheme for children to enjoy during the Easter holidays. Youngsters receive a recycled can, a packet of mixed wildflower seeds from Terwins of Colchester and enriched soil from Woolpit Nurseries as well as a planting guide. The Abbey Gardens Friends have put the packs together.

Children can obtain them from Abbey Gardens Rangers’ hut, Café Del Mare, St John’s Street, Denny Bros, Kings Road, the Dog & Partridge in Crown Street, the Tourist Information Centre on Angel Hill and Woolpit Nurseries.

 

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