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Bury In Bloom Keeps Bury St Edmunds Looking Blooming Lovely

Bury in Bloom ensures Bury St Edmunds is dressed to impress every year and this year is no exception despite the challenges of a pandemic!

Bury in Bloom's volunteers work hard to keep Bury St Edmunds looking blooming lovely all year round and the many floral and unique roundabout sculptures you see in the town are projects that have been carried out by Bury in Bloom.

Then there are the wonderful hundreds of hanging baskets and planters throughout the town centre provided which flood Bury St Edmunds with colour each year.

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 volunteer team, West Suffolk Council park staff, the Friends of Abbey Gardens and many more.

There are 430 hanging baskets up and 50 planters on display in Bury St Edmunds town centre this year providing a brilliant colourful welcome for visitors and residents alike.

The baskets and planters follow a purple and yellow colour scheme to tie in with the colours picked for the Abbey of St Edmund's 1,000th anniversary this year. The flowers are a mixture of Shock Wave Petunia deep purple, Geranium Grandeur dark neon purple, yellow double Calibrachoa, Lysimachia and Sanvitalia.

The baskets, supplied by Woolpit Nurseries, are put up by the team at West Suffolk Council.

In recent months and weeks Bury in Bloom has been working hard to get the town looking its floral best and ready for summer but this year it has not been without its challenges.

With the main Anglia in Bloom cancelled for 2020 because of Covid-19, Bury In Bloom have entered an online version of the competition and are working hard to get the entries prepared and  submitted by 31st July.

They will enter 4 of the categories: 

• Best Community Effort 

• Best Conservation project 

• Best display using Recycled materials 

• Best Public Art 

The highlight this year is 'Crowning Glory', a sculpture of recycled materials and inspired by the St Edmund Crown in celebration of the Abbey of St Edmund's 1,000 year anniversary. 

The 2m high crown has been designed and made by Michelle Freeman of Crafty Foxes and is filled with 500 ‘jewels’ decorated by families, clubs, care homes and individuals under lock-down from the bases of plastic bottles and each is carefully painted. 

Following generous donations from the public, a great big floral thank you from the people of Bury St Edmunds to everyone at West Suffolk Hospital for their care during the Covid-19 pandemic has been put up outside the hospital.

The Fountain of Flowers will be on permanent display close to the walk-in entrance to the hospital from Car Park A.

The project also had support from Bury Society members and councillors combined with in kind support from Woolpit Nurseries and gardening contractor CCG.

Throughout the town, residents put up their own floral displays  each year and Bury In Bloom’s team of 100 volunteer judges inspect all areas of the town in July to award Certificates of Merit. 

Looking to the future, Bury in Bloom is looking at four potential sites for a rainwater harvesting project which could save between 30 and 40 tonnes of water a year. 

Soft rainfall water is much kinder to hanging baskets than ‘hard’ tap water and with hundreds of baskets and planters around the town, a huge quantity of water is used every week. This project would not only be environmentally friendly but would cut costs to water the plants that keep the town's wonderful displays looking their floral best.

Bury In Bloom Coordinator David Irvine also plans to continue the legacy left by Melanie Lesser in fulfilling an ambition to finish the ‘History or Story of Bury St Edmunds by Roundabout' by completing 20 sculptures on 20 roundabouts.

Find out more about the work of Bury in Bloom at their brand new website at www.buryinbloom.org.uk


* Photos by Justine Sweetman.