Colourful bollard trail will celebrate rivers in Bury St Edmunds
Pupils’ colourful artwork will decorate bollards across Bury in a trail celebrating the town’s two rivers.
Children and students have been drawing larks, linnets, butterflies, bugs and plants for the Lark and Linnet Bollard Trail.
Organisers Bury in Bloom and Visit Bury St Edmunds hope the initiative will be in place for the school holidays.
Trail hunters will have to find all the bollards in order to win one of a number of prizes.
It follows the success of the St Edmund’s Wolf and the Magna Carta Barons’ Trails around the town.
Melanie Lesser, Bury in Bloom co-ordinator, said: “We wanted to involve children so they could find out more about the rivers because they are a little bit hidden away and some of the schools we’re working with are close to the rivers.”
The artwork for the bollards, trail leaflet and Bury in Bloom website is being created in workshops by pupils and students from Westgate and St Edmund’s Primary Schools, St James and Howard Middle Schools as well as West Suffolk College. The workshops are being run by Bury in Bloom’s artist in residence.
Pupils have also learnt about the history of the town from Stephen Moody, of the Bury St Edmunds Association of Registered Tour Guides and the wildlife in the two rivers from Jillian Macready, of the Bury Water Meadows Group.
The bollards will also feature historic pictures of the town from Bury Past and Present Society.
West Suffolk College will design the layout of the pictures on the bollards. Printer Printers and Coastline Graphics will print the leaflet and create the bollard wraps.
A free family drop in art workshop will be held on Saturday, March 12 from 10am to noon and 1pm to 3pm in the St Edmundsbury Cathedral Lecture Room.
The trail is being supported by a grant from Bury Town Council and sponsorship from Ourburystedmunds and Linnet Homes.