With Bury St Edmunds blossoming in a kaleidoscope of floral colour, the town’s In Bloom group has showcased its achievements and recognised the efforts of the community.
Celebrating its 30th anniversary, Bury in Bloom welcomed two judges from Anglia in Bloom who enjoyed a tour of the town’s green highlights starting at Moyse’s Hall and finishing at In Bloom sponsors Greene King.
The judges George Dawson and Julia Smith stopped off at buisnesses, the Abbey Gardens and St Edmunds Catholic Primary School which won Bury in Bloom’s Young Green Fingers last year.
Bury will have to wait until September 6 to see how it has fared at the Anglia in Bloom Awards in the large town category. The Abbey Gardens and Nowton Park have also been entered into the parks category.
Melanie Lesser, Bury in Bloom co-ordinator, said: “It went very well and the town looked fantastic - we’ve got more hanging baskets than ever before and more community projects. I want to thank all the volunteers and Bury community.”
Meanwhile, Bury in Bloom has recognised the green-fingered efforts of the young and old in the culmination of two initiatives.
For its Busy Green Fingers, 13 pre-schools celebrated their work at a party at Moreton Hall Community Centre.
Woolpit Nursery donated petunias and baskets that the children planted and took home to enjoy.
Mrs Lesser said the initiative encourages youngsters’ involvement in gardening.
For Senior Green Fingers, awards were given to care homes Glastonbury Court for best sensory planting, Stradbroke Court for encouraging a garden club and North Court for the Memory Lane tearoom and courtyard garden.
St Peters also scooped best in show as well as best community involvement, Orbit Housing, in Cullum Road, won most improved and Cornwallis Court was recognised as best propagator.
Both initiatives were sponsored by flavour, fragrance and cosmetic ingredients company Treatt.