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Adrian’s amazing river flowers

Creator Adrian Bloom among the river of flowers at Bury St Edmunds’ Tollgate Triangle. Inset top, the celebration party to thank all those involved in the planting of the attraction.

Emma Brennan

A ‘river’ of blue flowers planted earlier this year has come into full bloom, creating an eye-catching spectacle at one of the main gateways to Bury St Edmunds.
   The cascading stream of ‘Geranium Rozanne’ was planted at the Tollgate Triangle in April by a team of volunteers working with St Edmundsbury Borough Council and renowned gardener Adrian Bloom, who designed the scheme and provided hundreds of plants.
   Mr Bloom, from Bressingham Gardens, got the idea after seeing a similar planting scheme in the US.
   After hearing him speak about his desire to create a river of flowers on a roundabout in the UK, Bury In Bloom co-ordinator Melanie Lesser invited him to create his floral vision in west Suffolk.
   Yesterday, the Priory Hotel hosted a celebratory party to thank all of those involved in the planting, including the Abbey Gardens Friends, St George’s Church congregation members, West Suffolk College and Tollgate Primary students.
   It will probably take about another year for it to reach its peak but the result is spectacular Bury in Bloom co-ordinator Melanie Lesser.

Westley Primary School in Bury has won a Gold Green Fingers award. Sam Mortlock holds the certificate.

Many have been back to weed and check the planting to ensure the river looks at its best for visitors as they enter the town.
  Mrs Lesser said: “It will probably take about another year for it to reach its peak but the result is spectacular.”
  Meanwhile, the future of the town’s horticultural scene looks to be in safe hands after a record number of schools entered Bury in Bloom’s ‘Young Green Fingers’ challenge. It gives children a chance to garden, either through a club or linked to the curriculum.
  School cooks are increasingly using the crops the children have grown for their school meals, while many schools are selling their surplus crops to generate much needed resources for their gardening projects.
  Mrs Lesser continued: “This ‘crop to fork’ approach to gardening is one we would like to encourage allschools to try and adopt. Young Green Fingers will be giving a new award this year to ”
support this initiative.
  This year, 10 schools have been awarded ‘gold’ certificates in the challenge, with three receiving silver and two gaining bronze awards. Celebrity gardener Peter Seabrooke will present the certificates and announce the overall winner at a presentation evening at the Apex on September 23.
  Lead judge Jean Hardy said: “This has been a really good year for schools gardening – we have seen so many new ideas and many Bury St Edmunds businesses and nurseries have been fantastic donating plants and other gardening resources to help our schools. Young people are not only learning about gardening but are learning from it.” 2014 is the 50th anniversary of Britain in Bloom and schools have embraced the Royal Horticultural Society’s theme ‘Growing for Gold’ by planting an abundance of sunflowers to encourage butterflies and bees.

East Anglian - Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Bury’s flower power put under the microscope by judges

Anglia in Bloom judges came to Bury St Edmunds yesterday. From left, Jeff Addison (Greene King), Sue Hacon (judge), Anna Cartwight (St Edmundsbury School), Bob Ollier (judge).

The organiser of Bury in Bloom has said she was proud of everyone involved as the town was judged for a regional award.
  The panel, which will decide the winners of Anglia in Bloom’s Large Town category, visited Bury St Edmunds to tour the streets yesterday.
  The route, partly on foot and partly by car, started in the Abbey Gardens and finished at the Apex.
  Bury in Bloom co-ordinator Melanie Lesser said: “It (the competition) is across the whole of East Anglia; there are six counties involved.
  “We gave the judges a set route and they followed that. They met various people on the route, such as volunteers and sponsors to hear about
their involvement.
  “They were very impressed with the wild flower-planting that we’ve done. We said last year that’s what we wanted to do and we’ve done that.
  “They were also very interested in our mystery certificates which we award to front gardens.” Mrs Lesser added the work done by schools was also an area which interested the judges.
  The winner will not be announced until September 9 but Mrs Lesser said she was pleased with how the day went.
  “It was lovely to showcase it all,” she said. “We couldn’t have shown them any more and we couldn’t have done any more.”

East Anglian Daily Times | Friday, July 18, 2014

Showcasing green efforts

JUDGEMENT DAY: Pupil Anna Cartwright, chairman of Anglia In Bloom Bob Ollier, Anglia In Bloom judge Sue Hacon, Bury In Bloom coordinator Melanie Lesser, Jeff Addison, from Bury In Bloom sponsor Greene King, and class teacher Jenny Rutter

by paul derrick
Twitter: @BfpPaul

Community leaders in Bury St Edmunds showcased a year’s worth of green and floral efforts as Anglia in Bloom judges toured the town yesterday.
  The Bury Society’s Bury in Bloom highlighted their work to keep the town shining as the ‘jewel in the crown of Suffolk’ which has included the St Edmund wolf on the Southgate Green roundabout.
  Other eye-catching features have included the River of Flowers on the Tollgate Triangle, an owl sculpture at West Suffolk Hospital, the Crafty Cans initiative and more hanging baskets around the town.
  If Bury is named the overall winner of the large town category regionally, it will go forward to compete in Britain in Bloom.
  Melanie Lesser, campaign co-ordinator, said: “This year has seen increased community involvement
from schools to churches and friends groups. More people have approached me with ideas.”
  Of the campaign’s proudest moments, she noted the 7ft tall wolf sculpture carved by Suffolk sculptor Ben Loughrill and the River of Flowers which was supported by Adrian Bloom, of Bressingham Gardens.
  Mrs Lesser added that they are delighted with Bury in Bloom’s new sponsor Greene King.
  During the judges’ tour, they met representatives from St Edmundsbury Primary and Howard Middle Schools, who were joint winners of Bury in Bloom’s Young Green Fingers outstanding achievement award. The results will be announced in September/October. Judges will return next week to view the Abbey Gardens and Nowton Park.
  Meanwhile, Sally Strawberry from the East of England Co-op Goodness Gang visited St Edmundsbury Primary to hand out soft toys, stickers, cress and seeds.

AWARD-WINNERS: Pupils at St Edmundsbury Primary School with Sally Strawberry and friends

Bury Free Press | Friday, July 18, 2014

Anglia in Bloom Judging Route

Brewing firm to become group’s main sponsor

BURY ST EDMUNDS: Pub and brewing firm Greene King has announced a three-year sponsorship package for Bury in Bloom.

Steve Jebson, commercial director for Greene King, said: “Our roots are firmly placed in Bury St Edmunds – our heritage dates back more than 200 years. Our local community is important to us, so we are proud to support Bury in Bloom, helping to make our home town an even more beautiful place.”

Bury in Bloom is dedicated to creating a greener, cleaner and more floral town. Bury in Bloom co-ordinator Melanie Lesser (pictured) said the group was “delighted” Greene King would become the main sponsor for the next three years.

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