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Bury in Bloom’s community work is blossoming




Willow artist Elizabeth Cooke (far left), South Lee School pupils, residents of Stradbroke Court, art teacher Vic Wright (far right) and Melanie Lesser, Bury in Bloom co-ordinator (centre). Picture by Carol Street.
Willow artist Elizabeth Cooke (far left), South Lee School pupils, residents of Stradbroke Court, art teacher Vic Wright (far right) and Melanie Lesser, Bury in Bloom co-ordinator (centre). Picture by Carol Street.

The seeds of Bury in Bloom’s community work have blossomed with sculptures, workshops and young gardeners providing the town with a floral-themed boost.

Artist John Williams has carved four sculptures depicting craftsmen who worked at Bury St Edmunds Abbey.

BURY: Bury in Bloom tidy up of River of Flowers'Tollgate Triangle, Fornham Road, Bury St Edmunds'Volunteers weed and clean up the beds.'Picture Mark Westley
BURY: Bury in Bloom tidy up of River of Flowers'Tollgate Triangle, Fornham Road, Bury St Edmunds'Volunteers weed and clean up the beds.'Picture Mark Westley

They will have pride of place near the central beds in the Abbey Gardens.

Pupils at South Lee School and Hardwick Primary wove crowns, flowers and even a tail in workshops run by willow artist Elizabeth Cooke.

South Lee invited residents from sheltered housing scheme Stradbroke Court to join the activity.

Ten pre-schools and nurseries have entered In Bloom’s Busy Green Fingers contest and judges inspected the gardening efforts of children at Tollgate Nursery. They were joined by employees from Treatt, which sponsors the Busy, Young and Senior Green Fingers contests.

Judging of Bury in Bloom's Busy Green Fingers'''PICTURE: Mecha Morton
Judging of Bury in Bloom's Busy Green Fingers'''PICTURE: Mecha Morton

Melanie Lesser, In Bloom co-ordinator, said: “The gardening is just part of the activities, they also produce diaries, log books and art work inspired by the gardens.”

Meanwhile, Mrs Lesser joined the Abbey Gardens Friends and a gardener from the Abbey Gardens to tidy up the River of Flowers on the Tollgate Triangle ahead of a visit by Anglia in Bloom judges to the town on July 11.

John Williams, sculptor; Martyn Taylor, who wrote the history on the information panels; Lynda Seldis, Abbey Gardens Friends' Gardeners; Melanie Lesser, Bury in Bloom co-ordinator; Graham Maynard, Abbey Gardens Park Manger. Picture by Sandy Miles.
John Williams, sculptor; Martyn Taylor, who wrote the history on the information panels; Lynda Seldis, Abbey Gardens Friends' Gardeners; Melanie Lesser, Bury in Bloom co-ordinator; Graham Maynard, Abbey Gardens Park Manger. Picture by Sandy Miles.


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