Neighbourhood group boosts street’s green camaraderie

Bury In Bloom 'It's your neighbourhood' project on Well Street.   Back left to right are Lynda Seldis, Rosy Payne, Ian Payne, Irene Webber and Annie Page.  Front are Annie's children Rosie and Eddie.
Bury In Bloom 'It's your neighbourhood' project on Well Street. Back left to right are Lynda Seldis, Rosy Payne, Ian Payne, Irene Webber and Annie Page. Front are Annie's children Rosie and Eddie.
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A group of neighbours have strengthened their community roots after transforming a Bury St Edmunds street into a gleaming haven of floral colour.

Residents in Well Street formed the Growing Well group to enhance their environment through gardening - with the encouragement of the Bury Society’s Bury in Bloom campaign and the RHS ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood’ scheme.

They say the move has boosted the area’s camaraderie as well as their green credentials.

Secretary Annie Page said: “What we’ve enjoyed the most is the companionship - the chance to make new friendships and strengthen exisiting ones.

“Well Street is lovely to begin with and we felt there were maybe a couple of neglected areas that could do with attention.”

Despite being a small group with less than 40 households, they have achieved much - installing five large planters and focusing largely on edible and medicinal plants and flowers using the RHS ‘Edible Britain’ campaign as inspiration.

Residents are invited to take small samples to use in their kitchen.

The group also use what they have left over from their own gardens or grown from seed.

For funding, they initially received donations from residents as well as money from Cllr Trevor Beckwith’s Suffolk County Council locality budget.

Furthering the community spirit, they helped revamp an outside space at the CfBT Education Trust centre, in Short Brackland.

They now plan to make Well Street a haven for wildlife particularly pollinators and natural pest controllers.

Also in the pipeline are summer holiday projects for children such as making bug boxes and butterfly feeders.