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Bury St Edmunds: Flower power put under the microscope by judges

PUBLISHED: 08:41 18 July 2014 | UPDATED: 09:21 18 July 2014

Anglia in Bloom judges in Bury St Edmunds. Left to right, Jeff Addison (Greene King), Sue Hacon (judge), Anna Cartwight (St Edmundsbury School), Bob Ollier (judge).

Anglia in Bloom judges in Bury St Edmunds. Left to right, Jeff Addison (Greene King), Sue Hacon (judge), Anna Cartwight (St Edmundsbury School), Bob Ollier (judge).

The organiser of Bury in Bloom has said she was proud of everyone involved as the town was judged for a regional award.

The panel, which will decide the winners of Anglia in Bloom’s Large Town category, visited Bury St Edmunds to tour the streets yesterday.

The route, partly on foot and partly by car, started in the Abbey Gardens and finished at the Apex.

Bury in Bloom co-ordinatior Melanie Lesser said: “It (the competition) is across the whole of East Anglia, there are six counties involved.

“We gave the judges a set route and they followed that. They met various people on the route such as volunteers and sponsors to hear about their involvement.

“They were very impressed with the wild flower planting that we’ve done. We said last year that’s what we wanted to do and we’ve done that.

“They were also very interested in our mystery certificates which we award to front gardens.”

Mrs Lesser added the work done by schools was also an area which interested the judges.

The winner will not be announced until September 9 but Mrs Lesser said she was pleased with how the day went.

“It was lovely to showcase it all,” she said. “We couldn’t have shown them any more and we couldn’t have done any more.

“I’m very pleased with how it went.”

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