New flower bed installed at Tollgate Primary School in Bury St Edmunds

The new flower bed in the school grounds of Tollgate Primary School. Picture: GREGG BROWN

The new flower bed in the school grounds of Tollgate Primary School. Picture: GREGG BROWN

A new flower bed has been installed at a Bury St Edmunds primary school following a community project.

The new flower bed in the school grounds of Tollgate Primary School. Picture: GREGG BROWN

The new flower bed in the school grounds of Tollgate Primary School. Picture: GREGG BROWN

The project at Tollgate Primary, in Tollgate Lane, was coordinated by the town’s horticultural organisation Bury in Bloom and funding was provided by councillors Diane Hind and David Nettleton’s locality budgets.

Local contractor Proscape removed the old and rotting raised bed at the school and installed new sleepers made from recycled plastic to create an easy maintenance bed.

The new planting scheme – designed by garden designer Jane Hamblin – has been influenced by the colours and shapes of ‘The River of Flowers’ on the Tollgate triangle.

Pupils from Tollgate will be working with teacher David Morris to plant a variety of flowers in the new bed.

The new flower bed in the school grounds of Tollgate Primary School. Picture: GREGG BROWN

The new flower bed in the school grounds of Tollgate Primary School. Picture: GREGG BROWN


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Mulch was provided by St Edmundsbury Borough Council to keep in the moisture and help keep the bed weed free.

Anglia in Bloom and Britain in Boom judges will be visiting the school in the summer as part of the 2018 judging route.

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Melanie Lesser, Bury in Bloom co-ordinator, said: ‘This project at Tollgate Primary is a great example of the community working together.

“We are grateful for the locality budgets from Diane Hind and David Nettleton and the work by Proscape, David Morris, Jane Hamblin and St Edmundsbury Borough Council.

The new flower bed in the school grounds of Tollgate Primary School. Picture: GREGG BROWN

The new flower bed in the school grounds of Tollgate Primary School. Picture: GREGG BROWN

“Local residents and visitors will also be able to enjoy the flowers in the new bed as it is visible from the public footpath.”

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