Bury St Edmunds Looks Blooming Beautiful for Britain in Bloom!

If you have been following the BBC2 series Britain in Bloom you’ll know just how much hard work it takes to get to the finals of the UK’s nationwide gardening competition.

Bury St Edmunds scooped a host of awards for its outstanding floral displays at the Anglia in Bloom competition, last year including best overall entry and best large town and now it is this year’s Large Town regional entry in the national Britain in Bloom contest run by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS).

This year marks the first time that Bury St Edmunds has reached the finals of the national competition in ten years. In 2007, the town won gold in the Britain in Bloom competition.

It's a huge team effort keeping the town looking blooming lovely for the community and visitors alike lead by the Bury Society’s Bury St Edmunds in Bloom with enormous support from volunteers, council park staff, the Friends of Abbey Gardens and many more.

Winners of Anglia in Bloom 2017 including best overall entry and best large town and now Bury St Edmunds is the region's Large Town entry in this year's national Britain in Bloom contest run by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS). Photo by Justine Sweetman

Bury St Edmunds will welcome the judges of Britain in Bloom on July 31st but before that it’s the Anglia in Bloom judging on July 17th.

Last year, the town was described by Anglia in Bloom judge Nigel Bloxham as having the “wow factor at every turn” and achieved some of the highest marks ever given.

In recent months and weeks Bury St Edmunds in Bloom has been working hard to get the town looking its floral best and ready for judging.

Visitors to the town will appreciate the stunning new flower bed designed to welcome people to the town at the Parkway corner created by Woolpit Nurseries and C and G gardeners and the River of Flowers bed at Tollgate Triangle, the floral river changes colour with the seasons, providing another stunning point of interest at a gateway to the town.

The new welcoming flowerbed at Parkway corner

Sculptures on the roundabouts in Bury St Edmunds tell the history of the town, the dramatic ‘Flight of Peace’ sculpture featuring a dove of peace has recently been floodlit adding a dramatic entrance to another gateway in the town.

Then there are the wonderful hanging baskets and troughs throughout the town centre provided by Woolpit Nurseries and Realise Futures which have flooded Bury St Edmunds with colour.

Residents have also been making final preparations with their own displays in the town and Bury In Bloom’s team of volunteer judges will be looking at every front garden in Bury St Edmunds between 16 – 22 July 2018 to award Certificates of Merit. Volunteer judges have also been visiting pre- schools, schools and nursing home gardens.

Earlier in the year Bury St Edmunds Market traders teamed up with Bury in Bloom and St Edmundsbury Borough Council to enhance the part of town between the Arc shopping centre and the Cornhill.

Seven planters were installed in St Andrew’s Street South last summer and since then they have had trees planted in them. Bury in Bloom then added a splash of colour with new plants – which have been supplied at discount by the market traders.

River of Flowers at Tollgate Triangle

Melanie Lesser, Bury In Bloom co-ordinator, said: “The town is looking gorgeous and a lot of people have worked very very hard to make this all happen. We are all very proud of our town and of the work we have done and continue to do to keep Bury St Edmunds looking blooming wonderful!

“We would not be able to have so many displays without the backing of and main sponsor Greene King and all our other sponsors”.