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Bury in Bloom hopes to be best in region

Melanie Lesseer, Bury in Bloom co-ordinator, with Anglia in Bloom’s judges duringtheir tour of the town

With its future secure for another three years, Bury in Bloom hopes to be crowned the best in the region for its floral prowess.

As Greene King extended its sponsorship of the organisation until 2020, co-ordinator Melanie Lesser welcomed Anglia in Bloom’s judges to the town on Tuesday.

The results will be revealed in September and they are aiming to build on last year’s success when Bury scooped gold in the large town and large parks categories.

Melanie said: “We’re hoping for gold and we really would like to win Anglia in Bloom overall. It would be an absolute compliment to everyone’s hardwork.”

The judges’ tour included Guildhall Feoffment Primary School, which has taken part in Bury in Bloom’s ‘Flower Power’ community arts project.

It involves schools, nurseries, care homes and day centres which have been creating textile wall hangings featuring plants and insects.

The community spirit has extended to West Suffolk College, where catering students planted a garden of herbs and edible flowers.

A team from the college’s Prince’s Trust programme also improved the garden at Glastonbury Court Day Care Centre after they planted a vegetable patch, flowerbed and painted fences and a shed.

West Suffolk College students with their garden of herbs andedible flowers. They are pictured with Alison Findlay(crouching on the left), from the Royal Horticultural Society, and Melanie Lesser.

Bury Free Press - Friday, July 14, 2017

Youngsters do their bit for the Bury in Bloom display

Melanie Lesser and Hope Flack get involved in the Bury In Bloom 'Flower Power' project. Right, Jacob Blake.

Children in Bury St Edmunds have been inspired to create artwork featuring flowers, dragonflies, butterflies and bees which will be turned in to banners and displayed in the town as part of the Bury In Bloom challenge.

The textile wall hangings are being made by the children at three local primary schools as well as elderly residents at three local nursing homes and the dementia hub. It is part of the Bury In Bloom 'Flower Power' project.

The backgrounds for the hangings have been tie-dyed and the 'mini-beasts' and flora have been painted and decorated with glitter and shiny thread. Melanie Lesser, Bury In Bloom co-ordinator, said: "The kids have learned about the mini-beasts and plants they have created and the workshops which have been funded by us to encourage them to learn more about the environment."

The finished banners will be on display in a prominent location when the In Bloom judges visit on July 11.

East Anglian Daily Times - Tuesday, July 4, 2017

In Bloom community work is blossoming

Willow artist Elizabeth Cooke, left, South Lee School pupils, residents of Stradbroke Court, artteacher Vic Wright, right, and Melanie Lesser ,Bury in Bloom co-ordinator, centre

The seeds of Bury in Bloom’s community work have blossomed with sculptures, workshops and young gardeners providing the town with a floral-themed boost.

Artist John Williams has carved four sculptures depicting craftsmen who worked at Bury St Edmunds Abbey.

They will have pride of place near the central beds in the Abbey Gardens.

Pupils at South Lee School and Hardwick Primary wove crowns, flowers and even a tail in workshops run by willow artist Elizabeth Cooke.

South Lee invited residents from sheltered housing scheme Stradbroke Court to join the activity.

Ten pre-schools and nurseries have entered In Bloom’s Busy Green Fingers contest and judges inspected the gardening efforts of children at Tollgate Nursery. They were joined by employees from Treatt, which sponsors the Busy,Young and Senior Green Fingers contests.

Melanie Lesser, In Bloom co-ordinator, said: “The gardening is just part of the activities, they also produce diaries, log books and art work inspired by the gardens.”

Meanwhile, Mrs Lesser joined the Abbey Gardens Friends and a gardener from the Abbey Gardens to tidy up the River of Flowers on the Tollgate Triangle ahead of a visit by Anglia in Bloom judges to the town on July 11.

Bury Free Press - Friday, June 30, 2017

Abbey ruins’ monks are celebrated with four new sculptures

Sculptures by John Williams installed in Abbey Gardens, Bury St Edmunds. Left to right, Lynda Seldis, Martyn Taylor, John Williams, Melanie Lesser and Graham Maynard.

Monks who would have once called the ruined Bury St Edmunds Abbey their home have been celebrated with four handcarved wooden sculptures.

Bury artist John Williams has carved four monk sculptures from elm grown in Nowton Park.

After weeks carving the statues cooped up in one of the Abbey Gardens’ aviaries, Mr Williams revealed his final work at an unveiling yesterday.

The sculptures depict the craftsmen that have worked on and in the St Edmundsbury Abbey over the centuries, with The Mason, The Physician, The Scribe and The Herbalist.

Bury in Bloom paid for the tools used to create the sculptures, while the Abbey volunteer gardeners have helped to prepare the new bed for the display.

Martyn Taylor, Bury Society chairman, wrote four information panels explaining each artwork and the history of the role they depict.

East Anglian Daily Times - Friday, June 23, 2017

New willow sculpture helps celebrate Abbey Gardens’ gardeners

The people who care for and maintain the popular Bury St Edmunds Abbey Gardens are being celebrated – with a willow sculpture of a gardener and his wheelbarrow just unveiled.

Bury in Bloom commissioned the willow gardener after Rebecca Davis, St Edmundsbury’s horticultural officer, came up with the idea.

The sculpture is made by Chevington based artist Elizabeth Cooke, who created a steel frame and then wrapped it with willow grown in the Bury Water Meadows. It will be on display all summer.

Michelle Freeman, from Crafty Foxes, created a hedgehog family from recycled items to join the gardener in the bed, which is full of bee-friendly plants.

Melanie Lesser, Bury in Bloom coordinator, said: “We are delighted with the gardener; he makes a great focal point in the bed which we are using each year for different displays linked to other projects.”

East Anglian Daily Times - Friday, June 16, 2017

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