Pupils help residents transform woodland into community garden on Bury St Edmunds estate

Nowton Neighbourhood Residents Association planting bulbs and wild flowers in waste woodland off Grange Walk on the Nowton Estate in Bury St Edmunds.'Hardwick Primary School pupil Grace Hamre in the woodland ANL-150411-112315009
Nowton Neighbourhood Residents Association planting bulbs and wild flowers in waste woodland off Grange Walk on the Nowton Estate in Bury St Edmunds.'Hardwick Primary School pupil Grace Hamre in the woodland ANL-150411-112315009
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Pupils helped plant 1,250 bulbs to transform an area of waste woodland on a Bury St Edmunds estate into a thriving community garden.

The children from Hardwick Primary School lent a green fingered hand to the Nowton Neighbourhood Residents Asssociation at the site between Grange Walk and Home Farm Lane, on the Nowton estate.

Nowton Neighbourhood Residents Association planting bulbs and wild flowers in waste woodland off Grange Walk on the Nowton Estate in Bury St Edmunds.'Hardwick Primary School pupils help with the planting ANL-150411-112242009

Nowton Neighbourhood Residents Association planting bulbs and wild flowers in waste woodland off Grange Walk on the Nowton Estate in Bury St Edmunds.'Hardwick Primary School pupils help with the planting ANL-150411-112242009

They planted wild garlic bulbs with help from Phil Ewing, horticultural officer for Nowton Park Nurseries, and Alison Findlay, from the Royal Horticultural Society.

Ann Williamson, chairman of the association, said they wanted to turn the unused site into a garden which would involve the whole community. She said: “There are people in our community who don’t have gardens who can enjoy it. The idea is for the school to use this too for their learning. There are trees here which are more than 200 years old so we will get the children to name the trees.”

She plans to run two competitions with Hardwick Primary to ask pupils to name the wood and design a sign for it.

As well as garlic bulbs, they have planted cyclamen and buddleia while snowdrops will be planted in the spring. They aim to plant 20,000 bulbs overall and are looking for support from local businesses. Email ann.williamson60@gmail.com

Nowton Neighbourhood Residents Association planting bulbs and wild flowers in waste woodland off Grange Walk on the Nowton Estate in Bury St Edmunds ANL-150411-112301009

Nowton Neighbourhood Residents Association planting bulbs and wild flowers in waste woodland off Grange Walk on the Nowton Estate in Bury St Edmunds ANL-150411-112301009

Nowton Neighbourhood Residents Association planting bulbs and wild flowers in waste woodland off Grange Walk on the Nowton Estate in Bury St Edmunds.'Alison Findlay from the Royal Horticultural Society with Hardwick Primary School pupils helping with the planting ANL-150411-112327009

Nowton Neighbourhood Residents Association planting bulbs and wild flowers in waste woodland off Grange Walk on the Nowton Estate in Bury St Edmunds.'Alison Findlay from the Royal Horticultural Society with Hardwick Primary School pupils helping with the planting ANL-150411-112327009