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Planters on a Bury St Edmunds housing estate feature some thriving new additions to mark efforts made by the community.

Members of the Howard Estate Green Hearts group gathered to plant a hydrangea and white lightning at the St Olaves Precinct, as a way of recognising what the group has achieved.

The plants were bought with £100 gifted by Dobbies garden centre to Green Hearts founding member John Chandler, who was nominated in a national campaign to find ‘not your average people’ who went above and beyond for their community.

Howard Estate Green Hearts with the new planting at St Olaves Precinct (51413132)
Howard Estate Green Hearts with the new planting at St Olaves Precinct (51413132)

The Howard Estate Green Hearts group was started by residents with a ‘safe to knock’ initiative and grew during the pandemic to offer collections for NHS care packages, group efforts to tidy up the estate environment and a successful Christmas parcel scheme – which is set to run again this festive season.

John said: “It’s all been about the community coming together.
“Last year we went out and got the estate looking really lovely. We trimmed back overgrown grass and cleared the pavements. Even the postman said how nice it was to walk around the estate.

“Sadly it is all overgrown again now. We got the ball rolling and all it needed was the upkeep, but the council hasn’t kept on top of it.”

- The Green Hearts are planning to collect donated items for Christmas care packages again this year, with Father Christmas delivering the parcels just before the big day. Drop-off locations will be shared through the Howard Estate community page on Facebook once a storage location has been finalised.

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