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REDESIGN: Rob Steggles has given Bury In Bloom’s website a fresh, modern look

by paul derrick

A young brick layer turned talented web designer has revamped the website of Bury In Bloom - the group which first got him into the profession.
  Rob Steggles, of Elmswell, has overhauled the site with a fresh, modern look including more pictures, links to sponsors and details of the town’s other floral projects such as Hidden Gardens. It is also available via mobiles and tablets.
  The 25-year-old, who originally trained as a bricklayer, first
got involved in web design after theBury Society’s In Bloom approached West Suffolk College to see if a student wanted to develop the campaign’s online presence.
  Rob, who was studying ICT at the time to give him an extra string to his bow, said: “It was only through this work that I got into it.”
  He is now developing his own web design business.
  The site www.buryinbloom.org.uk will also feature a webcam which beams onto the flower beds in the Abbey Gardens. Anyone interested in having a website developed can contact Rob on 07745727289 or Robert.Steggles@hotmail.co.uk

Wild beast takes shape from remains of tree

Work is under way on the wood sculpture of the St Edmund's Wolf which will guard one of the gateways to Bury St Edmunds. Sculpture Ben Loughrill, from halesworth, is currently working on the 7ft piece, carved from mature oak. This will be placed on the southgate Green roundabout on November 17 and is the third iconic artwork commissioned by Bury in Bloom. The wolf will guard St Edmund's Crown which is being created by Nigel Kaines, of Designs on Metal, in Stowlangtoft. The work will also incorporate pieces of stone originally from the town's Abbey. The carving began with a 3.5 ton piece of wood from a tree felled by the 1987 gales and Ben said the hardest part was at the start as he broke two chainsaws when he began carving.

Wolf will guard Edmund’s crown

Bury St Edmunds is to have a dramatic reminder of its heritage positioned at a gateway to the town.
  A sculpture embodying the wolf from the legend of StEdmund, as depicted in a number of logos and crests belonging to organisations in the town, is to be located on the Southgate Green roundabout.
  It will feature a wolf guarding the crown of StEdmund and is hoped to be in place ready for StEdmund’s Dayon November 20.
  Sarah Stamp, countycouncill or for the Hardwick division, said: “I am really pleased to be supporting this project – not only will this beautiful statue brighten up one of the important gateways into our town but it will also serve as an important reminder of our heritage and the fascinating story of StEdmund.”
  The wolf will be sculpted from mature oak by Ben Loughrill, from Halesworth, and will stand around 7ft tall, while the crown will be -
made by Nigel Kaines from Designs on Metal, in Stowlangtoft.
  The Bury in Bloom project is being funded by Bennett Homes, Bury Town Council, Our Bury St Edmunds, St Edmundsbury Borough Council and Suffolk County Council through locality budgets from Cllr Stamp and Cllr Mark Ereira-Guyer.It will also incorporate pieces of stone donated by the Abbey Hotel, which originally came from the Abbey.

BEAUTIFUL: Smaller wolf model

Young snappers focus on wildlife

Wildlife and garden moments have been captured by school pupils in Bury St Edmunds and on Thursday they received their awards from Bury in Bloom which organised a photographic competition.

Judges commended thoughtful composition and attractive settings in their comments and the work is now displayed at the Court Room ofI ckworth House.

The idea sprang from a meeting with teachers David Morris and Jenny Rutter, from Howard Middle and Howard Primary schools earlier this year.

Winners received vouchers donated by Handels banken, in Bury, and vouchers from the National Trust, giving them and their family free entry to the exhibition.

Melanie Lesser, from Bury in Bloom, said there had been excellent support from local businesses who had helped with venue, printing and prizes. The competition was supported by The National Trust, Handels banken, eco services digital, Sodexo Prestige, Premier Printers and Photoarts Framing.

Judges were from the Bury Society, Bury Photographic Society, National Trust and local schools.

Winners pick up their prizes

Youngsters take centre stage at Bury in Bloom Photographic Competition awards ceremony

The prizewinners line up at the Bury in Bloom Photographic Competition Awards ceremony. Jessica Tansley, the winner of the Bury St Edmunds Mercury prize and guests at the event at Ickworth House.

By Russell Cook

BUDDING young photographers have picked up their awards following a competition organised by Bury in Bloom.
  Along with family and friends they attended the ceremony at Ickworth House, last Thursday, and now their images are to go on display at the historic building until next Easter.
  There were a host of schools which entered the organisation’s Photographic Competition which attracted a huge entry of imaginative pictures from the children, some as young as four years old, and was supported by The Bury St Edmunds Mercury.
  Melanie Lesser, Bury in Bloom, co-ordinator, said: “It was superb to see so many happy faces.
  “When Jenny Rutter, David Morris and myself met in February and had the germ of an idea to have the photography competition we had no idea we would have such a high stand-ard of entries. However, none of this would have been possible without a team of people and companies involved.
  “The teachers who encouraged the entries and judged them at school, our judges Sue Savage, from the Bury Society; David Nicholson, from The National Trust and Bury Photographic Society; David Morris,Howard Middle School; Jenny O’Neill,
from Handlesbanken; Jenny Rutter, St Edmundsbury Primary; and Jo Sweetman, Bury Photographic Society and Bury in Bloom.”
  The winners of the various categories were: Special Category, Becky Goodwin, Priory School, squirrel portrait; four to seven age group, Garden Theme, Daniel Frost, Westgate Primary, gardener’s still life; four to seven, Wildlife Theme, Isabelle Haste, St Edmundsbury Primary, shells and bark com-position; eight to 11, Garden Theme, Gracie Garza, Westgate Primary, super strawberries; eight to 11, Wildlife Theme, Isabelle Tee, St Edmundsbury Primary, newt; 11 to 13, Garden Theme, Nell Allum, Westley Middle, lone tulip; 11 to 13, Wildlife Theme, Ellie Temple, St Louis Middle, lilac nectar; and Garden Art, over 14’s, Alice Hunt and Georgia Wass, King Edward VI Upper School, labyinth.
  Also picking up her prize was 13-year-old Jessica Tansley, from County Upper School, who won The Mercury prize after her image of a bird perched drinking from a water trough was voted the best photo by readers.
  She said she was “delighted” her photograph was voted the best.
  Jessica has been taking snaps from the age of eight and added that it was her grandfather who identified her talent and that she is keen to make a career as a photographer.

Children help green-up their surroundings

School children who took part in this year’s Young Green Fingers competition run by Bury in Bloom received their prizes at an awards night.

Celebrity gardener Peter Seabrooke presented prizes to the 13 schools who took part.

Jean Hardy, lead judge, said: “Some of the spaces the children have created enhance and enrich learning aswell as providing a calm environment. ”Howard Middle School won the SilverSpoon award.

Awards handed out to winners of green-fingered competition

Bury in Bloom’s Young Green Fingers Competition award ceremony. Left to right, James Torbitt, Emma Polley, Abigail Wallis and Izzy Faers.

Gardeners of the future have been given awards for talented work on improving their school environment.

The Bury in Bloom’s Young Green Fingers Competition award ceremony was held at the Guildhall Feoffment School, in Bury St Edmunds, when schools received their awards from Peter Seabrooke.

Gold awards were presented to Abbot’s Green, Guildhall Feoffment, Hardwick Primary, Howard Middle, Priory, Riverwalk, St Edmundsbury, Sebert Wood Children’s Centre and Sexton’s Manor; with silver going to Howard Primary, Sebert Wood Primary, South Lee and Westley Middle.

Jean Hardy, the lead judge, said: “This has been a fantastic year; we are delighted that the standard just keeps improving. “The competition has clearly helped make a difference to the school environment.”

Bury is a jewel – it’s official

Two people have chosen “A jewel in the crown of Suffolk” as the tag for new welcome signs for Bury which should be installed by Christmas.

Bury in Bloom and the BuryFreePress teamed upto invite readers to chose a motto to go on 11 signs which will beplaced at various points of entry to the town.

Angela and John Moore and Steven Moody came up with the winning entry chosen by judges, winning themselves vouchers for The Crown at Hartest.

Some £12,000 has been provided to replace the existing signs, thanks to funding from St Edmundsbury Borough Council, the town council, OurBuryStEdmunds and Suffolk County Council. Mrs Mooreis donating her prize to the shopping day being held in Lavenham on October 7 for Cancer Research UK.

Supporters gather in gardens to mark town’s floral success

Bury in Bloom award winners, organisers and special awards pictured in the Abbey Gardens, Bury St Edmunds.

Organisers and supporters of Bury in Bloom have been celebrating this week after gaining a Gold Award in the Anglia in Bloom Awards.

Judges said they were impressed with the floral displays, sustainable planting, community involvement, schools projects and recycling schemes in the town and supporters met up in the Abbey Gardens to mark their success.

The town also achieved judge’s nominations in the Best Community Project (Growing Well, Well Street), the Best Drought/Sustainable Individual/Community Floral Display (Church Walks).

Melanie Lesser, Bury in Bloom co-ordinator, paid thanks to St Edmundsbury council staff for all their hard work on the floral displays around the town, supporters and its sponsors.

She added: “Special thanksGarden (Parkway roundabouts and central reservation), and Best must go to all the residents and businesses in the town that have put out colourful baskets and troughs to make our town look so lovely this summer.

“We look forward to building on our success in 2014. The nominations are a credit to all involved.”

Town gets gold after glowing summer of colour

The hard work of every one behind this summer’s stunning floral displays in Bury has been rewarded with a gold medal. And while Bury in Bloom did not take top accolade for this year’s Anglia in Bloom contest, three projects were short-listed from all the Anglia entries. They were: Growing Well, in Well Street, for best community project; Parkway roundabouts and central reservation for best drought/sustainable garden, and Church Walks for best individual community display. Melanie Lesser, from Bury in Bloom, said: “We would like to thank every one involved for all their efforts.”

Jessica hailed winner of photo contest

Bury in Bloom photo winner Jessica Tansley pictured here with Bury in Bloom co-ordinator Melanie Lesser and Andrew Brian, from Woolpit Nurseries.

TEENAGER Jessica Tansley has been hailed as the winner of the Bury in Bloom photographic competition which was run in conjunction with the Bury St Edmunds Mercury.

The 13-year-old, a pupil at Howard Middle School, was voted to have taken the best picture of a bird drinking water and was presented with the image in a large frame by Bury in Bloom co-ordinatorMelanie Lesser and Andrew Brian, from Woolpit Nurseries, who sponsored the competition.

The contest featured scores of photos taken by children from a host of schools in the town including Westgate, St Edmundsbury and Howard primary schools; Westley, St Louis and Howard middle schools; King Edward VI School and The Priory School.

To all involved in Bury in Bloom

I am delighted to tell you that Bury in Bloom was awarded Gold in the Anglia in Bloom Awards at St Albans.

The judges were impressed with the floral displays, sustainable planting, community involvement and recycling schemes.

We also achieved nominations in the following categories

Growing Well, Well Street - Best Community Project

The Parkway roundabouts and central reservation- Best Drought/Sustainable Gardens

Church Walks - Best Individual/Community Floral Display

These awards are a credit to all involved, as they are the result of hard work by many residents and businesses in Bury St Edmunds

Many, many thanks to you all for your support, help on the judging day, promotion and sponsorship of Bury in Bloom

We look forward to 2014 which is also our Magna Carta 800 year

Praise for little plots helping Bury to bloom

BLOOM: John Henderson from the BFP and Sue Savage of the Bury Society, right, hand certificates to Ann Tuvey and her granddaughter Sami Lynch

by john henderson
Twitter: @bfpjohn
It is not just the grand garden designs that win plaudits from Bury In Bloom, as volunteers toured the town this week giving praise where it’s due.
  Ann Tuvey, in Tayfen Terrace, was typical of those awarded an ‘outstanding achievement’ certificate for small but effective displays.
  In an area of town where planted front gardens are rare, Ann had created a bright potted display by her front door.
   When I called with Sue Savage from the Bury Society and Bury in Bloom organiser Melanie Lesser, she modestly apologised because the display is starting to die back.
  When we moved here I was really upset because there was no garden,” she said.
“But Orwell Housing let me put pots outside and that’s how it started. People can’t believe it, they often comment on it.”
  She says the closeness to a busy road, with traffic queuing for the roundabout, means some things struggle. She has had to move roses from the road side of her front door to the other side, where they are sheltered by some bushes.
  Bury in Bloom committee member Colin Taylor, whose idea it was, said: “We had such a positive response last year residents were delighted to find they had been awarded a certificate.”
  Melanie said that this year one resident burst into tears on being awarded a certificate. The front garden had been her husband’s pride and joy until he died recently. She had been trying to maintain his standards since then so the praise meant a lot to her.

Street transformed into a green haven

INBLOOM: Well Street residents Lynda Seldis, Rosy Payne, Ian Payne, Irene Webber and Annie Page with her children Rosie and Eddie

A group of neighbours have strengthened their community roots after transforming a Bury St Edmunds street into a gleaming haven of floral colour.
  Residents in Well Street formed the Growing Well group to enhance their environment through gardening with the encouragement of the Bury Society’s Bury in Bloom campaign and the RHS It’s Your Neighbourhood scheme.
  They say the move has boosted the area’s camaraderie as well as their green credentials.
  Secretary Annie Page said: “What we’ve enjoyed the most is the companionship the chance to make new friendships and strengthen exisiting ones.
  “Well Street is lovely to begin with and we felt there were maybe a couple of neglected areas that could do with attention.”

  Despite being a small group with less than 40 households, they have achieved much installing five large planters and focusing largely on edible and medicinal plants and flowers using the RHS Edible Britain campaign as inspiration.
  Residents are invited to take small samples to use in their kitchen.
  The group also use what they have left over from their own gardens or grown from seed. For funding, they initially received donations from residents as well as money from Cllr Trevor Beckwith’s Suffolk County Council locality budget.
  Furthering the community spirit, they helped revamp an outside space at the CFBT Education Trust centre, in Short Brackland.
  They now plan to make Well Street a haven for wildlife particularly pollinators and natural pest controllers.
  Also in the pipeline are summer holiday projects for children such asmaking bug boxes and butterfly feeders.

Schools' garden challenge grows

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There is still time for schools to see if they can beat Abbots Green Primary in the Young Green Fingers competition.
  But they will have to do well to beat the school that last year took a gold award and the Silver Spoon Trophy in the Bury in Bloom and Royal Horticultural Society competition.
  Judges Jean Hardy and Pauline Byford stress they do not look for a perfect garden. "It's about getting the children involved," Pauline said.
In Abbots Green's garden, Jean added: "The reason this school got an outstanding award was that they had done so much since they started - a huge improvement."
  Jean and Pauline say schools, do not need lots space.Guildhall Feoffment has done marvels with containers.
  Jenna Sweeney, who runs Abbots Green's gardening club, said: "You can link it to science, literacy, history.
  With maths they can count the seeds, measure distances between rows and work out how much to sell vegetables for in the school's farmers' market."
  For more information on this exciting competition please visit www.rhs.org.uk/schoolgardening.
  The deadline for entries in May 31.

GREENIES: Abbots Green pupils dig for competition victory watched by

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