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Hadleigh photographer captures stunning drone pictures of wildflower maze in Abbey Gardens in Bury St Edmunds




The beauty of a wildflower maze which is in full bloom in a Suffolk town's public gardens has been captured in a series of stunning drone photographs.

About 7,500 wildflowers were planted on the site of former tennis courts in the Abbey Gardens in Bury St Edmunds by West Suffolk Council last year.

The 36m diameter labyrinth, designed to celebrate 1,000 years since the founding of the Abbey of St Edmund, has been photographed from above by Paul Smith using a drone.

The wildflower maze in the Abbey Gardens, Bury St Edmunds. Picture: Paul Smith
The wildflower maze in the Abbey Gardens, Bury St Edmunds. Picture: Paul Smith

Mr Smith was commissioned by Bury in Bloom to take the pictures on July 16 as part of their entry in the Anglia in Bloom competition.

He said: "From the ground you don't appreciate what it is really. It isn't until you get a photograph from above you can really see the maze effect. It's really good."

The wildflowers contain a mix of perennial herbaceous plants including Blackeyed Susan, Sea Holly, Yarrow and Yellow Ox Eye and mark the east end of the Abbey of St Edmund.

The wildflower maze in the Abbey Gardens, Bury St Edmunds. Picture: Paul Smith
The wildflower maze in the Abbey Gardens, Bury St Edmunds. Picture: Paul Smith
The Abbey Gardens in Bury St Edmunds. Picture: Paul Smith
The Abbey Gardens in Bury St Edmunds. Picture: Paul Smith

It is designed to attract bees, butterflies and encourage greater biodiversity, with the council using pollinators in its bedding plants across West Suffolk.

David Irvine, co-ordinator of Bury in Bloom, said the maze was 'one of the most amazing wildflower demonstrations' he had ever seen and it was overseen by Abbey Gardens manager Martina Georgieva.

The group has 13 entries in nine Anglia in Bloom categories and the maze was part of their submission in the ‘public space’ category.

Results are due to be announced in September.

The wildflower maze in the Abbey Gardens, Bury St Edmunds. Picture: Paul Smith
The wildflower maze in the Abbey Gardens, Bury St Edmunds. Picture: Paul Smith
The Abbey Gardens in Bury St Edmunds. Picture: Paul Smith (49708929)
The Abbey Gardens in Bury St Edmunds. Picture: Paul Smith (49708929)

Mr Smith works in IT but pursues wildlife and landscape photography in his free time winning awards over the years including a competition at the Chelsea Flower Show.

The 63-year-old, of Hadleigh, said: "I work from home full time and have done for many years so (with the photography) it's just nice to get out in the countryside."

He is a member of the Bury St Edmunds Photographic Society and The Beyond Group.

Photographer Paul Smith
Photographer Paul Smith

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