Bury St Edmunds: Town is back to its blooming best for visit of Anglia in Bloom judges

JUDGES said they have been left “very impressed” by Bury St Edmunds’ Anglia in Bloom entry – despite what ground staff described as an “annus horribilis”.

The two judges were introduced to community leaders, schoolchildren and senior park rangers as they inspected parks, and floral displays with organisers claiming they were “quietly confident” of winning an eighth Gold Award come September.

Julia Rackowe, Bury in Bloom’s campaign manager, said: “We can’t hide from the fact that the weather hasn’t been on our side this year, with first drought, then downpour. And we’ve had to change the judging route because of the disasterous fire at the Cupola. But everyone involved in this judging has pulled out all the stops to make sure that the town looks at its blooming, if soggy best.”

Simon Pott, Chairman of in Bloom, said: “The gardens are looking absolutely wonderful and the town is looking lovely.

“It’s about the whole community working together and pulling in the same direction.”

Steve Burgess Head Gardener at St Edmundsbury Borough Council, and one of five who tend the 14.5 acre Abbey Gardens, said: “It’s been an annus horribilis. It’s the worst year ever in terms of weather, but nature always keeps you on your toes.” Nolan Mills, who was judging alongside Brian Gardner said Bury had “come back stronger” after a year out of the contest.

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