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Bury in Bloom given ‘shoots of optimism’




Bury in Bloom’s coordinator says he can see ‘shoots of optimism appearing after the darker days of 2020’ after three lots of good news for the group.

David Irvine has welcomed a new enhancement agreement with West Suffolk Council for the annual maintenance of the town’s roundabouts, Greene King giving the group a location for a larger water harvesting storage site and two new committee members.

He said: “This is like the ‘harbour lights’ appearing on the horizon as the storm clouds clear after a long dark night – a very welcome sight.

Bury in Bloom coordinator David Irvine with Rebecca Davis, horticultural officer for West Suffolk Council.
Bury in Bloom coordinator David Irvine with Rebecca Davis, horticultural officer for West Suffolk Council.

“We have seen some dark and gloomy days, however we are very relieved there are signs things are improving. We feel as though we can stop holding our breath.”

The group has already started on the roundabouts by planting nearly 2,000 bulbs from Dutch company Lubbe and Sons, which used specialist equipment to put them in the ground.

The offer from Greene King will help the group as it uses between 50,000 to 60,000 litres of water each year, just on the town’s hanging baskets.

David added that this was a big environmental gain as Anglia in Bloom judges attributed 60 per cent of all marks to environmental and community projects – more than for floral input.

And finally, he said he was ‘delighted’ that Kate Battrick, who’s keen to act as a link to sponsors, and Sinead Chroscicki-Lee, who wants to work on a Bury in Bloom calendar for 2022 and help with volunteer gardening projects, had joined the committee.