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Students show innovative garden design skills during competition

Copleston High School in front of their innovative garden design at a Royal Horticultural Society competition. Left, Martyn Davey, horticultural lecturer at Easton and Otley College who hosted this competition, with Adam Frost, right, who has won six gold medals for his garden design at the Chelsea Flower Show.

Three Suffolk schools are celebrating after winning awards in a garden design competition organised by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS).
  Copleston High School in Ipswich, St Benedict’s Catholic School in Bury St Edmunds and Hartismere School were rewarded for innovation and teamwork with prizes for their projects.
  Adam Frost, a Chelsea Flower Show award-winning landscaper and presenter of BBC2’s Gardening World, was one of the judges at the event, held at Easton and Otley College.
  He was one of a panel of judges who gave feedback on the pupils’ innovative designs for a school or community garden.
  Eleven schools from Suffolk and Norfolk took part in the three-month project.
  Copleston High School won the prize for best innovation.
  Cindy Newey, a garden project worker at the school, said: “We have a garden and allotment at the school so they have been able to look at that and link it back to their design.
  “It’s been a productive experience for the students. It’s not just about what they have learnt academically but also the way in which it has helped them
grow in confidence, selfbelief and communication.
  ““I think this has inspired the students. Already, one of the team has organised some work experience at Nottcutts in Woodbridge. When the team was announced as the winners of the best innovation, I was so proud of them.
  “It was the icing on the cake for them to win this award.”
  St Benedict’s Catholic School won the best teamwork prize and Hartismere School received the ‘pupils choice’ award – voted for by students.
  Mr Frost said: “It was great to meet with the pupils and see the amazing designs they’ve been working on.
  “I hope that the experience has given them a real insight into the many fantastic career options that exist in the horticultural sector, be that garden designer, landscape architect or plant scientist.”
  Martyn Davey, head of land-based studies at Easton and Otley College, said: “We consider ourselves to be a champion of horticulture so it made perfect sense for us to be involved.
  “We are always looking at new ways to encourage young people to think about horticulture as a career and this excellent RHS initiative really helped the subject come alive.”

East Anglian Daily Times - Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Woods will be ‘sea of yellow’ next March

Children planting daffodils along with Angela Bussey from the Marie Curie charity

People will be able to enjoy even more daffodils at the Suffolk Regimental Barracks in Bury St Edmunds next March.

To celebrate Bury in Bloom’s 30th anniversary, all ages got stuck into planting the bulbs in woods behind the barracks on Wednesday.

Organised by Bury in Bloom, those to take part included students from Sexton’s Manor Primary School, St Edmundsbury Primary School and West Suffolk College, as well as veterans from the Suffolk Regiment and Angela Bussey from the Marie Curie charity.

Daffodil Day will be on March 26 next year.

East Anglian Daily Times - Friday, October 21, 2016

Schools receive awards as they help green the future

Those taking part in the Young Green Fingers awards evening

School children in Bury St Edmunds have been proving their gold standard as they took part in this year’s Young Green Fingers project.

Eight schools received awards at a celebration evening at The Athenaeum on Monday.

They also had a chance to meet Gardeners’ World broad caster Joe Swift who was in Bury to give a talk at The Apex.

The awards were presented by Daemmon Reeve, CEO of Treatt and Claudia Brackenbrough his PA.

Eight schools took part including County Upper School, the first upper school to participate. There was also a chance for guests to view stalls from organisations connected to Bury in Bloom, the umbrella organisation for Young Green Fingers.

Overall winner for outstanding achievement went to Guildhall Feoffment School while Abbots Green Primary won the Crop to Fork award for good use of produce grown in the school garden. Other gold winners were Hardwick Primary, Howard Primary ,Priory School, Sexton’s Manor, St Edmunds Primary while County Upper received silver.

Jean Hardy, project co-ordinator, said: “The response from children, teachers and staff exceeded our expectations. This was a lovely celebration of schools gardening.”

Bury Free Press - Friday, October 7, 2016

B-29 bomber workshop at community centre

Staff from the Imperial War Museum helping adults and children bring to life a model of a Second World War USAF Boeing B-17 Superfortress at the Moreton Hall Communuity Centre, in Bury St Edmunds on Saturday.

Children had the chance to build a scale replica of a Boeing B-29 Superfortress with experts from the Imperial War Museum Duxford at the weekend.

The Partners in Flight workshop, at Moreton Hall Community Centre, took place thanks to county councillor Trevor Beckwith putting some of his locality grant towards the visit.

They were able to build a 1/8 scale model of the plane and explore its history and engineering.

The workshops followed hot on the heels of the unveiling of the B-17 Flying Fortress statue on the Lady Miriam Way roundabout, highlight-ing Rougham Airfield’s historic link with the US Air Force.

Bury in Bloom’s Melanie Lesser said the workshops had been excellent.

On Friday children from Abbots Green and Sebert Wood primary schools attended and Saturday was open to the public.

“One family were brought along by their young son because he loved it so much on Friday,” she said.

Boeing also sponsor the workshops and Melanie said the Duxford experts were “fantastic”.

“These workshops for families and schools help with the history of our town which is what the roundabout sculptures do as well,” she said.

Bury Mercury - Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Bloomin’ marvellous

Bury has won three gold awards in the prestigious Anglia in Bloom campaign. Pictured in the award-winning Abbey Gardens are some of the people who help make the park so attractive, with gardening group coordinator Lynda Seldis and retiring Bury in Bloom chairman Alan Jary centre

Bury St Edmunds’ floral beauty has seen it crowned Anglia in Bloom’s best large town for the first time in nine years.
The prestigious title, which was bestowed at an awards ceremony in Norfolk on Tues-day, followed the announce-ment of further accolades for Bury – a trio of gold awards.
  These were given for two of its parks – Nowton Park and the Abbey Gardens – in the competition’s ‘large parks’ cat-egory and for Bury as a whole in the ‘large town’ category.
  Alan Jary, chairman of Bury in Bloom, said: “We’re absolutely over the moon – we aim high and we have achieved.
  “We’ve been in a regional contest now for 29 years and I’m delighted to say we’ve actu-ally been selected as best town in our category 12 times, so it’s a nice round dozen.”
  He added: “We are thrilled and it’s down to the whole commitment of the town, the businesses, the councils, the people, the volunteers, the stalls, all of that is what gets us awards like the best town.”
  Robin Burnett, chairman elect, who is due to take over from Mr Jary next week, said: “I’ve been amazed by the en-thusiasm, skill and hard work of all those involved in making
  Bury such a beautiful town, and
winning the best large town floral prize is a wonder-ful start for me. .”
  Melanie Lesser, who coor-dinates Bury’s in Bloom cam-paign, said she was ‘really chuffed’ with the result.
  “We’re absolutely delight-ed because 2007 was the last time we won the overall large town category and a lot of hard work has gone into it from eve-rybody, so it’s a real delight,” she said.
  Among the things to have impressed the judges were Bury’s hanging baskets, of which there are more than 500 this year, the use of sus-tainable and insect-friendly plants in the Abbey Gardens and the involvement of vol-unteers, especially with the Tollgate Triangle’s River of Flowers.
  And given the marked in-crease in Bury’s visitor num-bers recently – more than half a million people visited the town last month, this success can only prove to be an even bigger draw.
  Ms Lesser said free entry to the Abbey Gardens and Bury’s popular Magna Carta Barons and Lark and Linnet Bollard Trails had proved particularly enticing for visitors.
  “People always used to go to the seaside but, actually, Bury has so much to offer,” she said.
  Bury will find out next month if it will be able to compete in Britain in Bloom.

Bury Free Press - Friday, September 9, 2016

Vandals wrench off crown from popular sculpture

Melanie Lesser and Ben Loughrill pictured at the wolf sculpture earlier this year

Vandals have wrenched off the crown from the iconic wolf sculpture on Southgate Green roundabout in Bury StEdmunds.

Martyn Taylor, chairman of theBury Society, said the steel crown was ‘broken off ’from the Abbey stones on which it was attached. He said a member of the Society noticed it and took the crown to Bury police station for safe keeping.

Mr Taylor believes the crown was taken off on Friday night. The crown was attached to a metal pole which ran through the centre of the Abbey stones and the pole was cemented into the ground.

The sculpture, installed in November 2013 and commissioned by the Society’s Bury in Bloom group, represents the legendary wolf guarding the crown of St Edmund.

The wolf was created by Ben Loughrill and the crown was fashioned by Nigel Kaines, from Designs on Metal, in Stowlangtoft.

Melanie Lesser, coordinator of Bury in Bloom, said they tried to make the crown as secure as possible when it was installed. She said: “You can’t just pull it out they must have had to twist it off.”

Mrs Lesser has since asked Mr Kaines to reinstall it. She said: “People love the wolf. It’s very disappointing for residents and visitors a like. I hope it can be mended and restored. We will have to make it even more secure.”

It follows vandalism to the Blanchard Planter, in St Mary’s Square, in July after one of its stone urns was overturned. Mr Taylor said: “What is wrong with people? Just recently the urn damaged in St Mary’s Squareand now this.”

Bury Free Press - Friday, September 2, 2016

Roundabout sponsor backs Bury in Bloom

The Carlton Smith team and Bury in Bloom’s Melanie Lesser (back left) with the plaque set for the Kings Road roundabout.

A local company has given its backing to Bury St Edmunds in Bloom by sponsoring a floral roundabout.

Carlton Smith Private Wealth, based in Onehouse, near Stowmarket, has spon-sored the Kings Road Roundabout, which has the eye-catching ‘With the Grain’ sculpture in the centre.

Nic Carlton-Smith, financial planner, said: “We are delighted to sponsor this roundabout in Bury as it promotes our company in the centre of the town.

“The company are happy to support this local charity which helps to make Bury St Edmunds so attractive to residents and visitors.”

East Anglian Daily TImes - Friday, September 2, 2016

Blossoming efforts receive recognition

The Busy Green Fingers presentation at Moreton Hall Community Centre

With Bury St Edmunds blossoming in a kaleidoscope of floral colour, the town’s In Bloom group has showcased its achievements and recognised the efforts of the community.

Celebrating its 30th anniversary, Bury in Bloom welcomed two judges from Anglia in Bloom who enjoyed a tour of the town’s green highlights starting at Moyse’s Hall and finishing at In Bloom sponsors Greene King.

The judges George Dawson and Julia Smith stopped off at buisnesses, the Abbey Gardens and St Edmunds Catholic Primary School which won Bury in Bloom’s Young Green Fingers last year.

Bury will have to wait until September 6 to see how it has fared at the Anglia in Bloom Awards in the large town category. The Abbey Gardens and Nowton Park have also been entered into the parks category.

Melanie Lesser, Bury in Bloom co-ordinator, said: “It went very well and the town looked fantastic - we’ve got more hanging baskets than ever before and more community projects. I want to thank all the volunteers and Bury community.”

Meanwhile, Bury in Bloom has recognised the green-fingered efforts of the young and old in the culmination of two initiatives.

For its Busy Green Fingers, 13 pre-schools celebrated their work at a party at Moreton Hall Community Centre.

Woolpit Nursery donated petunias and baskets that the children planted and took home to enjoy.

Mrs Lesser said the initiative encourages youngsters’ involvement in gardening.

For Senior Green Fingers, awards were given to care homes Glastonbury Court for best sensory planting, Stradbroke Court for encouraging a garden club and North Court for the Memory Lane tearoom and courtyard garden.

St Peters also scooped best in show aswell as best community involvement, Orbit Housing, in Cullum Road, won most improved and Cornwallis Court was recognised as best propagator.

Both initiatives were sponsored by flavour, fragrance and cosmetic ingredients company Treatt.

Bury Free Press - Friday, July 29, 2016

Seasoned gardeners receive awards

Senior Green Fingers Presentation at Cornwallis Court.

Seasoned gardeners have been recognised in Bury St Edmunds’ annual in bloom awards.

Senior Green Fingers is a competition for nursing homes and residential homes in the town, organised by Bury in Bloom.

A presentation afternoon was held at Cornwallis Court and attended by the winners.

Any residential home interested in entering in 2017 should email melanie@buryinbloom.org.uk

East Anglian Daily Times - Friday, July 29, 2016

Town is ‘hopeful’ of floral honours

Anglia in Bloom judges George Dawson, chair of judges, and Julia Smith in Bury St Edmunds.

A scorching day welcomed Anglia in Bloom judges to Bury St Edmunds yester-day, with volunteers hopeful they managed to impress.

The annual competition sees judges award honours in a range of categories, touring floral towns and villages across East Anglia to find the best the region has to offer.

This year is particularly special for Bury in Bloom, which marks its 30th anniversary.

The town’s In Bloom co-ordinator Melanie Lesser said: “I am very hopeful for this year. We have got more hanging baskets than before and we have done more community projects. It was a hot day, but they got to see Bury in the beautiful sun.

“I would like to say ‘thank you’ to all the volunteers and the Bury community who have worked so hard.”

This year chair of judges George Dawson and Julia Smith visited the town, taking in the likes of Abbey Gardens and meeting people who have been involved in In Bloom throughout the year.

Results will be announced at a ceremony on September 7.

East Anglian Daily Times - Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Residents prove they love where they live

Residents of Windmill Rise in Bury St Edmunds are pictured with their new tree which has been donated as part of the Love Where You Live scheme.

A tree has been planted in a square in Bury St Edmunds as part of an initiative to get people to take pride in their local community.

Earlier this week, residents of Windmill Rise became the first in the town to receive one of 30 trees donated under the “Love Where You Live” campaign, which aims to make a difference to the local environment.

Leaflets have been drop-ping through people’s letter boxes throughout the town, encouraging them to take part in the initiative which is part of the celebrations to mark 30 years of Bury In Bloom.

Communities were encouraged to apply for one of the 30 anniversary trees to be spread across Bury and the people of Windmill Rise were first to take delivery of theirs. Alan Jary, chairman of Bury in Bloom, said: “We are encouraging people to do the work and put a scheme together to brighten up their area of the town. The borough council will provide all the equipment they need for the work and give horticultural assistance.”

Anyone interested in being involved can contact Bury in Bloom or the council at www.westsuffolk.gov.uk/lwyl

East Anglian Daily Times - Thursday, July 21, 2016

John carves out a little piece of history from an ‘ugly’ stump

Creator John Williams with the completed carved tree stump on Eastgate Street, Bury St Edmunds.

After 10 weeks of hard graft, an “ugly” tree stump in Bury St Edmunds has been transformed into an intricate sculpture.

Retired West Suffolk College deputy headteacher John Williams, 75, decided to carve a detailed sculpture into a five-foot stump on Eastgate Street, which was left after the tree was deemed unsafe and cut down by Suffolk County Council.

Ten weeks later his work, a depiction of 12th Century Bury monk Josselyn de Brackelond and his horse is complete, with a final treat-ment to preserve it for the next 30 or 40 years set to be applied later this year.

East Anglian Daily Times - Thursday, July 21, 2016

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