Town initiative aims to ‘spruce it up’ for judges

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THE team behind Stowmarket’s Anglia in Bloom entry has launched an initiative to tidy up parts of the town in preparation for the competition judging.

The team has secured £500 in funding to pay for three different projects.

Councillors Gary Green and Anne Whybrow, from Suffolk County Council, have allocated the locality budget funding to the Spruce It Up initiative.

Abbot’s Hall Community Primary School, Cedars Park Residents’ Association and Stowmarket Victorian Quarters Residents’ Association will each receive £165 for their specific campaigns.

Anglia in Bloom is a floral and environmental competition for communities in the East of England. The competition judges are set to visit Stowmarket on July 14.

Daniel Harvey, a Stowmarket in Bloom co-ordinator, said: “Anglia in Bloom provides a catalyst for the local community to take pride in their town and do their bit to make the place more attractive and inviting.

“We’re very grateful to our county councillors for providing the funding that has enabled these three groups to do their bit for the campaign.”

The eco club at Abbot’s Hall Community Primary School will tidy up the entrance to the school building and the pond area.

Cedars Park Residents’ Association will create two raised flower beds either side of Cormorant Drive, which is a key road through the estate.

Stowmarket Victorian Quarters Residents’ Association will tidy up an untidy grass verge on Stowupland Road.

As well as visiting these three projects, the Anglia in Bloom judges will also be seeing other Stowmarket projects, including polytunnel flower recycling and planters which have been made from recycled wood from the old Recreation Ground play equipment.

“We want to encourage more people around Stowmarket to get involved in the Anglia in Bloom campaign and do their bit to make Stowmarket a better place,” said Mr Harvey.

Anyone interested in getting involved with the Stowmarket in Bloom campaign should contact Daniel Harvey on 01449 776394. For more information go to