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Bury St Edmunds' Nowton Park has a new panda and you have the chance to name it




The much-loved Nowton Park panda, originally carved back in 1998, has been replaced with a brand new panda and readers have the chance to choose a name for the new arrival.

Visitors to the Bury St Edmunds park will be very familiar with the current panda, who sits in the arboretum surrounded by his favourite food, bamboo. Well, he’s now off for a well-earned retirement after 23 years of sterling service in the park.

The new panda, carved by Luke Chapman, took three weeks to create and arrived at Nowton Park this week.

Nowton Park's new panda (46902466)
Nowton Park's new panda (46902466)

This is your opportunity to choose a name for the new panda – you may like to choose a name after someone very special to you, a historic figure or perhaps a local hero?

The lucky winner, to be chosen by the park’s volunteer group, will win an annual parking permit for three of West Suffolk Council’s parks –Nowton Park, West Stow Country Park and Brandon Country Park – worth £45, plus a £25 gift card from Our Bury St Edmunds Business Improvement District, which can be used in 40 different outlets in the town.
To enter: Simply email your suggestion to: news@buryfreepress.co.uk

Please use ‘Panda name’ in the subject line and be sure to include your name and a daytime phone number.

Entries should be submitted by 5pm on Friday, May 20.

The winner will be notified during the week commencing May 24.

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