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Project transforms old ‘dumping ground’ into new green oasis

An ugly service yard in Bury St Edmunds has been transformed after residents spotted an opportunity to improve their town.

A range of people and organisations worked together to spruce up the area in High Baxter Street, behind the shops in Abbeygate Street. What used to be a dumping ground is now a green lung in the town centre, with planters, trees and flowers.

Resident Marilyn Hanlon spear-headed the scheme, and with the help from her neighbour Angie Roques they got many others on board. On Saturday people turned out to enjoy mince pies and mulled wine to cele-brate the completion of the project, which falls under Bury in Bloom’s ‘Love Where You Live’ initiative.

Alan Jary, former Bury in Bloom chairman, said: “People came together. The residents, the traders, the landlords, the local councils etc. We are obviously absolutely delighted. I think we can actually set a standard and perhaps have a new category in the ‘in Bloom’ competi-tions for the best service yard and we will win by a mile.”

He gave a special thanks to ward councillor and Bury St Edmunds Town Council chairman Andrew Speed and his estate agency firm Sheridans, which backs onto the service yard. Mr Speed said: “Both the town council and the borough council are always looking for ways to work in collaboration and support local projects.”

He added as a form of devolution approaches “these are just the sort of local improvements which are to the benefit of everyone”

Robin Burnett, current Bury in Bloom chairman, said: “The crucial part as far as I’m concerned is local people started it themselves.”

The social enterprise Realise Futures co-ordinated the planting scheme and supplied the planters. The project, which cost just over £2,000, was funded by donations, including from residents.

East Anglian Daily Times - Tuesday, December 13, 2016


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