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New community flower projects taking root in Bury




Flowerheads with, from the left, Melanie Lesser of Bury in Bloom, Lynda Seldis from the Abbey Gardens' gardeners, Rebecca Davis of St Edmundsbury Borough Council, Gary Clarke of West Suffolk College, Michael Brennand-Wood artist and designer of the installation, Natalie Pace of Smith's Row and Matthew Plume of Proscape'Picture Josephine Sweetman ANL-150615-115720001
Flowerheads with, from the left, Melanie Lesser of Bury in Bloom, Lynda Seldis from the Abbey Gardens' gardeners, Rebecca Davis of St Edmundsbury Borough Council, Gary Clarke of West Suffolk College, Michael Brennand-Wood artist and designer of the installation, Natalie Pace of Smith's Row and Matthew Plume of Proscape'Picture Josephine Sweetman ANL-150615-115720001

Two Bury in Bloom projects have taken root, involving people across the age from pre-school to pensioners.

The Flowerheads art installation in Bury St Edmunds’ Abbey Gardens is a collaboration between Bury in Bloom, Smith’s Row Gallery, St Edmundsbury Borough Council, West Suffolk College and Proscape.

Bury 'In Bloom Senior Green Fingers judges Sue Thompson and Chris Hodgson, looking at the gardens at Cornwallis Court with Alex Winter activities coordiator and resident Stanley Hufton and his wife Barbara. ANL-151006-201958009
Bury 'In Bloom Senior Green Fingers judges Sue Thompson and Chris Hodgson, looking at the gardens at Cornwallis Court with Alex Winter activities coordiator and resident Stanley Hufton and his wife Barbara. ANL-151006-201958009

Bury in Bloom coordinator Melanie Lesser met artist Michael Brennan-Wood at his When Worlds Collide exhibition in Smith Row last year and the idea of an outdoor installation was born.

He created wooden flowers for it, which people coloured in at workshops in the gallery. He then put them onto bachgrounds to create the displays.

Planters were made by the college’s carpentry department and Nigel Kanes, who made Parkway’s St Edmund statue, made the stalks.

Michelle Freeman of Crafty Foxes ran 12 workshops where children made flowers from plastic bottles, to be added to the installation between 10am and 1pm on Saturday.

Sexton's Manor Primary School headteacher Debbie Knight with pupils Albert Tweed and Edward Boyle and their flowers ANL-151006-201440009
Sexton's Manor Primary School headteacher Debbie Knight with pupils Albert Tweed and Edward Boyle and their flowers ANL-151006-201440009

At the other end of the age range, five care homes in Bury have taken part in a pilot Senior Green Fingers competition which they hope will involve more homes next year.

Melanie said it was a good example of the community working together, with home residents, volunteers and staff joining forces.

Flowerheads children's workshop at 'Sexton's Manor Primary School, Greene Road, Bury St Edmunds with 'Michelle Freeman from The Crafty Foxes centre. ANL-151006-201531009
Flowerheads children's workshop at 'Sexton's Manor Primary School, Greene Road, Bury St Edmunds with 'Michelle Freeman from The Crafty Foxes centre. ANL-151006-201531009


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