Good Luck Bury in Bloom!

Tonight is the Britain in Bloom Awards and Bury St Edmunds will be eagerly awaiting to see if finalists Bury in Bloom return home winners!

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 in Bloom with enormous support from volunteers, council park staff, the Friends of Abbey Gardens and many more.

Bury St Edmunds welcomed the judges of Britain in Bloom over the summer and they were given a tour of the town which included the Abbey Gardens, Angel Hill, Churchgate Street, and the Cornhill.

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.

At this year's Anglia in Bloom Awards held at The Apex, Bury in Bloom was awarded Gold in the Large Town Category plus Gold in the Large Parks category for the Abbey Gardens and Nowton Park. The Abbey Gardens Central Beds won the Best Local Authority Floral Display category plus there were nominations in the special awards categories for no less than eight other categories including a nomination for Bury in Bloom co-ordinator Melanie Lesser for the Mike Ames award for long and voluntary services.

Bury St Edmunds in Bloom worked 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.

River of Flowers

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 had their own displays in the town and Bury In Bloom’s team of volunteer judges were out and about in July to award Certificates of Merit. Volunteer judges also visited 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 were supplied at discount by the market traders.

Melanie Lesser, Bury In Bloom co-ordinator, said: “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”.