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Certificate of Merit

Our team of volunteer judges will be looking at every property in Bury St Edmunds between

24 – 30 June 2019

Front gardens big and small, pots, window boxes and hanging baskets – all are eligible for a certificate of merit

A good choice of plants, well-displayed and well-maintained, is the only requirement.

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Chance to win a certificate of merit in this years Bury in Bloom for the keenest gardeners

A team of Bury in Bloom volunteers will be visiting the front of every property looking for the best gardens, pots and hanging baskets worthy of a certificate of merit. The judging will commence on July 16 and run until the 22nd. All front gardens, pots and hanging baskets which are visible from the footpath are eligible.

As well as a certificate of merit, there is a highly commended award. Melanie Lesser, Bury in Bloom Coordinator, said: “The highly commended award is for gardens which make a significant impact on the neighbourhood.”

Bury Free Press, Friday, July 6, 2018

The certificates are awarded to residential and commercial properties displaying attractive use of garden and container grown plants at the front of their property that enhance the appearance of their neighbourhood.

The Highly Commended Award is given to gardens of particular merit.

No entry is necessary and our team of over 50 judges will be looking at the front gardens between Monday July 16th and Sunday 22nd July 2018 and pop a certificate through the door.

We also have a Highly commended award given to those gardens that make a significant impact on their neighbourhood.

If you would like to nominate a friend of neighbour then please let us know.


This is the first year that Bury in Bloom have offered rental properties the chance to win a £50 gardening voucher if they received a Certificate of Merit from the Bury in Bloom volunteer judges in July.

The winner this year drawn from the entries received is Mike Ely and his front garden in Crown Street is well know to both residents and visitors alike.

He gets many compliments as people walk towards The Theatre Royal and the Greene King Brewery Café or back into town.

Melanie Lesser Bury in Boom Co-coordinator says ‘ It was generous of Hazells to donate the prize for the competition, which was open to any rented property in the town who was awarded a Certificate of Merit. We will run the promotion again in 2018 and hope that even more tenants of rental properties put themselves forward for the prize. Mike is a deserving winner as he puts so much time and effort into his front garden.’

Left to right, Elizabeth Clement Certificate of Merit Co-ordinator, Melanie Lesser Bury in Bloom Co-ordinator, Mike Ely winner of the voucher, Chris Oakes Hazells letting agents.