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Hundreds of hanging baskets now in place across Bury St Edmunds



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Bury St Edmunds residents woke to a floral extravaganza today after hundreds of hanging baskets were installed across the town yesterday.

Nearly 500 baskets, basket trees and planters were put in place for the summer thanks to efforts from Woolpit Nurseries and West Suffolk Council teams, which work closely with Bury in Bloom.

This year’s hanging baskets, which use peat-free compost, will benefit from harvested rainwater collected from the first of four 10,000-litre water tanks at Greene King and used on the weekly watering rota by the council’s hanging basket team, led by Jason Baldwin from green spaces and heritage.

Jason Baldwin and team installing hanging baskets in Bury St Edmunds town centre Picture by Jo Sweetman (57188256)
Jason Baldwin and team installing hanging baskets in Bury St Edmunds town centre Picture by Jo Sweetman (57188256)

David Irvine, Bury In Bloom Co-ordinator, said: "Bury is well known for its floral beauty and the hanging baskets and planters around town play a big part in this.

"Watering the baskets is a big job which uses a lot of water and using ‘soft’ rainwater from our first water tank will make a significant difference to plant growth as well as being a large environmental step forward."

This year’s colour schemes are red, white and blue for the jubilee and yellow and purple to mark Abbey 1000.

Jason Baldwin with hanging baskets Picture by Jo Sweetman (57188253)
Jason Baldwin with hanging baskets Picture by Jo Sweetman (57188253)

David added: "We continue to be thankful for the support of local businesses and private home-owners in the town’s core who remain dedicated to sponsoring these beautiful hanging baskets, which enhance the town so much and play a big part in our Anglia In Bloom and Britain In Bloom competition entries."