Pair sow seeds for In Bloom’s green success

Behind the scenes of Bury in Bloom''Pictured: Caroline Brown, area parks officer for St Edmundsbury Borough Council, and Andrew Cobbold, landscape supervisor for the Bury area at St Edmundsbury Borough Council
Behind the scenes of Bury in Bloom''Pictured: Caroline Brown, area parks officer for St Edmundsbury Borough Council, and Andrew Cobbold, landscape supervisor for the Bury area at St Edmundsbury Borough Council

From the technicolor hanging baskets to the dazzling roundabout displays, two people have helped sow the seeds for Bury St Edmunds’ green success.

For years St Edmundsbury Borough Council’s Caroline Brown and Andrew Cobbold have played an integral part in the town’s In Bloom initiative looking after 52 green spaces in Bury.

Mrs Brown, who is area parks officer for the authority and serves in an advisory role on the campaign’s committee, designs the beds, borders and colour schemes.

With Mr Cobbold, landscape supervisor for the Bury area, the pair then determine how to implement the projects.

Their handiwork includes the Risbygate Street roundabout with the iconic St Edmund sculpture and the 400 vibrant hanging baskets - a lynchpin of In Bloom.

On her favourite project, Mrs Brown said: “I feel the St Edmunds roundabout is up there. It’s a notch above what we can normally do and will keep on developing.”

Mr Cobbold has been involved with the campaign since its inception in 1986 and usually works with a team of 11 plus more temporary staff in the summer. As well as implementing the various schemes, they erect and maintain the sponsorship signs and are responsible for the water bowser route in the town centre. He said: “It’s just making the place look smarter and nice. We’ve got a good team, which also does the grass and hedge cutting as well as shrub and football pitch maintenance.”

They added that the cleansing staff such as road sweepers do a ‘huge job’. “It’s a big team effort from everyone in the borough.”