Back town's blooming bid

By Liz HearnshawA TOWN'S push for trophies in the country's biggest floral competition is gathering pace, with businesses and shops encouraged to do their bit to ensure the streets bloom this summer.

By Liz Hearnshaw

A TOWN'S push for trophies in the country's biggest floral competition is gathering pace, with businesses and shops encouraged to do their bit to ensure the streets bloom this summer.

Companies in Bury St Edmunds have been urged to order a hanging basket to display at their premises to ensure the town looks its best when the judges from the Britain In Bloom contest arrive later in the year.

Anyone taking up the offer will be provided with a fully-prepared and ready-planted basket, which will be installed by the end of June.

The price of £80 includes watering, feeding and maintenance until the end of September, when the displays will be dismantled and their contents recycled.

Organisers are hoping more people than before will take the opportunity to help the town bloom now fears the hanging baskets may be banned for safety reasons have subsided.

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Members of Suffolk County Council had expressed concern over the strength of ageing lampposts in the town, saying they may break under the weight of the displays and cause injuries to shoppers.

But a £6,000 donation from Bury Town Council has allowed organisers to buy special “basket trees” that can each hold five displays and, it is hoped, will allow for the display of even more flowers this year.

Julia Rackowe, sponsorship officer for Bury in Bloom - which is supported by the East Anglian Daily Times ­- said: “If shops and offices around town adopt one or two of these beautiful hanging baskets, not only will they enhance the appearance of their business, they will also do their bit to help us break all records for blooms in Bury in 2004.”

liz.hearnshaw@eadt.co.uk

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