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Town’s medal-winning floral volunteers praised as pure gold


Bury in Bloom volunteers celebrate their achievement with main sponsors Greene King

The army of volunteers responsible for Bury St Edmunds’ floral success at this year’s Britain in Bloom competition have been praised for their hard work and dedication.

Bury picked up a gold award in the large town category at the prestigious RHS Britain in Bloom ceremony, which was held in Belfast on Friday, October 19.

The town was praised by judges despite the prolonged dry and hot weather over the summer making it a difficult year for gardeners.

Volunteers from around the town gathered for a celebratory photograph on Wednesday.

Melanie Lesser, Bury in Bloom coordinator, said: “It’s just been such a great team effort from everyone in the community.

“The judges said they received a very warm welcome in the town and were very impressed with the display in the Abbey Gardens.”

The Britain in Bloom judges, who visited the town in July, were also wowed by a playlet performed by local actress and writer Hatty Ashton.

Greg Sage, marketing and communications manager at Greene King – the main sponsors of Bury in Bloom, said he was delighted for the town.

“It’s fantastic for Bury St Edmunds to receive the award,” he said. “Greene King are longterm sponsors of Bury in Bloom and we try to do our bit by making the brewery look nice.

“I’m absolutely delighted the own has done so well in this competition.”

Andrew Cobbold, of St Edmundsbury Borough Council’s landscaping and street unit, also paid tribute to his team.

“It really is a team effort,” he said. “From watering the plants, sweeping the streets and picking up litter, everyone plays their part to get the town looking as good as it does.”

Bury narrowly missed out to the Scottish town of Perth, who were crowned large town category winners.

Robin Burnett, chairman of Bury in Bloom, said: “We missed out by a whisker in what was an extremely competitive category.

“But it was a very well organised ceremony by the RHS and very enjoyable.”

Deputy mayor Patrick Chung aid: “It is a great achievement for Bury St Edmunds. The gold award is well deserved for all the hard work of Melanie and the volunteers.”

A total of 76 groups from acrossthe UK competed in 12 categories in the prestigious competition.

East Anglain Daily Times, Wednesday, November 7, 2018


Hundreds of tulip bulbs from Netherlands planted


Members from Bury Abbey Rotary Club, their twin club from the Netherlands and the Abbey Gardens Friends group have planted hundreds of tulip bulbs in the Abbey Gardens in Bury St Edmunds

More than 700 tulip bulbs from the Netherlands have been planted in Bury St Edmunds to celebrate ties between the two countries.

The specially-developed bulbs, which were donated by the Rotary Club of Tiel-Waalstreek, were planted in the Abbey Gardens last weekend by members of the Dutch Rotary Club in Tiel, their colleagues from Bury Abbey Rotary Club and the Abbey Gardens Friends group.

Everyone can now look forward to the bright and beautiful flowers near the north wall of the garden in the spring.

The Dutch Rotarians purchased the bulbs and gave them to the town to celebrate the friendship of the two Rotary Clubs and promote the End Polio Now cause.

A spokesman for Bury Abbey Rotary Club thanked the rangers team in the Abbey Gardens, the Friends of the Abbey Gardens and Bury in Bloom for their “invaluable assistance with the project”.

Bury Mercury, Wednesday, October 31, 2018


Bury scoops gold at Britain in Bloom


Melanie Lesser and supporters outside Bury in Bloom sponsor Greene King with the gold Britain in Bloom award

Bury St Edmunds scooped gold for its floral prowess in the Britain in Bloom competition.

Bury received the national accolade in the large town category after the Abbey Gardens and the ‘river of flowers’ display at Tollgate triangle impressed the judges.

The town made it through to the national competition after winning Anglia in Bloom last year.

Melanie Lesser, Bury in Bloom co-ordinator, who attended the awards ceremony in Belfast on Friday, said: “We’re absolutely delighted to have received gold.

“We were up against tough competition and Perth won (the category). I must thank the sponsors especially Greene King, volunteers and the whole town, which got behind us. The atmosphere on judging day was fantastic with everyone smiling and saying hello.”

Britain in Bloom judges Rae Beckwith and James Cordingley visited Bury on July 31.

They praised the ‘high level of commitment’ of those involved, the ‘outstanding’ display in the Abbey Gardens and a flower bed at the end of St Andrew’s Street was ‘a credit to all concerned’.

They also highlighted an appearance by author and actress Hatty Ashton, who gave a ‘surprise’ performance at the statue of St Edmund.

Bury Free Press, Friday, October 26, 2018


Britain in Bloom judges come to Bury St Edmunds


Judges from Britain in Bloom visited the Abbey Gardens in Bury St Edmunds. From left, Rebecca Davis, Rae Beckwith, Margaret Marks, Damien Parker, Melanie Lesser and James Cordingley

Judges of the prestigious Britain in Bloom competition visited Bury St Edmunds yesterday to see the town’s floral decoration.

The town scooped a host of awards for its outstanding floral displays at last year’s Anglia in Bloom competition, including best overall entry and best large town, which meant it was entered into the national competition.

Judges enjoyed a tour of the town, which included Abbey Gardens, Angel Hill, Churchgate Street, and the Cornhill.

Yesterday’s visit followed a tour of Bury from the Anglia in Bloom judges on Tuesday, July 17.

Melanie Lesser, Bury in Bloom co-ordinator, said: “It was a pleasure to show the judges around the town, all the volunteers and St Edmundsbury staff involved have worked so hard to keep the hanging baskets and planting around the town looking so good.”

The Anglia in Bloom award ceremony will be held at The Apex on September 12.

East Anglian Daily Times, Wednesday, August 1, 2018


Blooming beautiful displays of flowers and plants judged


Anglia in Bloom judges arrive in Bury St Edmunds to tour the town’s flower displays

Anglia in Bloom judges landed in Bury St Edmunds on Tuesday to judge the town’s Bury in Bloom flowers, gardens and plants.

Melanie Lesser, Bury in Bloom co-ordinator said: “I’m feeling positive about Britain in Bloom. We would like some rain, though. The judges loved the children at Tollgate Primary – they said they were so enthusiastic and that their planting scheme was fantastic.”

Britain in Bloom will be judged on July 31.

The Anglia in Bloom award ceremony is being hosted at the Apex on September 12.

Bury Free Press, Friday, July 20, 2018


Field of hand-made poppies will appeal to recycling fans


Gatehouse clients and staff at the workshop with Max Weatherby and Melanie Lesser

Eye-catching poppies created from recycled plastic bags, tin cans and fabric have gone on display in the Abbey Gardens, in Bury St Edmunds.

Bury in Bloom commissioned The Crafty Foxes to run poppy-making workshops in schools, West Suffolk College, at a Scout group and Gatehouse’s dementia hub. Now, a field of the individually-named blooms has been created alongside the World War One bicycle display by Trudie Edmunds.

Hawksmoor Investment Management, of Northgate Street, sponsored the project.

Bury Free Press, Friday, July 13, 2018


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