MY WEEK: Melanie Lesser, from Bury in Bloom, describes the week running up to the judging for Anglia in Bloom

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MONDAY: Today’s priority is to review the judges’ route and confirm by email the 50-plus people involved in either speaking to the judges or running one of the Bury in Bloom stalls in the Apex.

The press release is issued to the Bury Free Press and other local media giving the time and place for the photo call. The Bury Free Press has been a superb supporter of Bury in Bloom, running a series of articles on the many people involved in the Bury in Bloom campaign.

TUESDAY: Out into the sunshine to walk the judges’ route with Caroline Brown, St Eds BC’s Parks Officer. We are checking on the hanging baskets, street furniture and The Parkway roundabouts.

We are both delighted to see that St Edmundsbury Waste Department and local councillors had been fantastic touching up the paintwork and removing any graffiti.

A quick chat with the Well Street group and the Abbey Garden Friends to make sure they are happy with their talk to the judges. The Abbey Gardens are looking fantastic, a credit to all involved.

WEDNESDAY: A day off and a chance to visit Belle Grove with friends, it is an amazing house and garden near Halesworth. The house has a huge metal dragon sitting on the chimney. My thoughts turn to the Moreton Hall roundabouts, should we have a sculpture of St Edmund’s wolf sitting on a roundabout or maybe an airplane on the one near the Rougham airfield?

THURSDAY: A last walk of the route with Colin Taylor from Bury Society who will be one of the runners on the day making sure the members of the local community are in place to speak to the judges on the route

We pop into Langton Place to see Stephen Walton’s Gallery and the West Suffolk College art department’s brilliant use of an empty shop and its display windows. There is so much talent in our town.

FRIDAY: Judging Day – we are greeted with a beautiful sunny day.

The judges seem very impressed. They are delighted at Guildhall Feoffment School when the children ask to be given pea pods to eat as their reward for speaking to the judges.

The lunch at Greene King’s Brewery Tap after the judging is a lovely opportunity to thank all our sponsors and supporters.

Our friends from York arrive and we share a glass of bubbly in the garden to celebrate the week.