Bury St Edmunds scoops gold in Britain in Bloom
Bury St Edmunds scooped gold for its floral prowess in the Britain in Bloom competition.
Bury received the national accolade in the large town category after the Abbey Gardens and the ‘river of flowers’ display at Tollgate triangle impressed the judges.
The town made it through to the national competition after winning Anglia in Bloom last year.
Melanie Lesser, Bury in Bloom co-ordinator, who attended the awards ceremony in Belfast on Friday, said: “We’re absolutely delighted to have received gold.
“We were up against tough competition and Perth won (the category). I must thank the sponsors especially Greene King, volunteers and the whole town, which got behind us. The atmosphere on judging day was fantastic with everyone smiling and saying hello.”
Britain in Bloom judges Rae Beckwith and James Cordingley visited Bury on July 31.
They praised the ‘high level of commitment’ of those involved, the ‘outstanding’ display in the Abbey Gardens and a flower bed at the end of St Andrew’s Street was ‘a credit to all concerned’.
They also highlighted an appearance by author and actress Hatty Ashton, who gave a ‘surprise’ performance at the statue of St Edmund.