New Bury in Bloom co-ordinator David Irvine is aiming for national glory
The new co-ordinator of Bury in Bloom has revealed big ambitions for the town’s green and floral credentials as he aims for national glory.
David Irvine has taken charge of the community rallying campaign, which has won acclaim under the stewardship of his predecessors Stephen Moody and Melanie Lesser for its rainbow of hanging baskets, sculptures, competitions and art projects.
The 69-year-old, of Bury St Edmunds, admits inheriting the ‘massive gauntlet’ of achievement is a ‘daunting task’ but thinks his goals-driven career as an agronomist, often referred to as a crop doctor, suits his new role.
“In my work as an agronomist I was paid to make things grow and produce big yields - I hope I can produce big yields with Bury in Bloom,” he said.
“I recently retired a couple of years ago and I’m still very energetic and was looking for a project. The only problem with Bury in Bloom is that it’s a very high profile project and if I get it wrong, I will have to leave town.”
But David has ‘big aspirations’ for the campaign, which is part of the Bury Society. He would like to win a Britain in Bloom category in 2021 and then the overall competition in 2023, which he compares to ‘Bury St Edmunds aiming to be the winner of the Premier League’.
He plans to achieve this by building on Bury in Bloom’s previous success - increasing the town’s hanging baskets from 300/400 to 500/600, introducing a house champion and street champion and using all the town’s roundabouts to tell the story of Bury St Edmunds.
David would also like to recognise the roundabout sponsors with a certificate scheme, work with other horticultural groups and liaise with flower clubs and florists to create a flower arrangement of the month.
As an agronomist, David worked for Unilever growing vegetables on a large scale for freezing and later for Agrii specialising in arable and root crops with more than 20 farms under his remit. He also managed a team of agronomists with a £10 million budget.
“Bury in Bloom is a goals orientated organisation - we want to continue winning prizes - with massive goodwill behind it and there are large numbers of enthusiastic like-minded supporters ready to help,” he added.
Contact David by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
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