Sensory gardens in the Abbey Gardens, in Bury St Edmunds, transformed with plants and trees

With the RHS finalist banner Picture: JO SWEETMAN

With the RHS finalist banner Picture: JO SWEETMAN

The sensory garden, situated in the Abbey Gardens, in Bury St Edmunds, have been transformed with over 125 plants and two candyfloss trees.

With the RHS finalist banner Picture: JO SWEETMAN

With the RHS finalist banner Picture: JO SWEETMAN

It is part of a project initiated by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), Bury in Bloom, Abbey Gardens Garden volunteers and staff and students from SENDAT (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Academy Trust) who are based at Angel Hill College.

The “Grey to Green” project has involved all stages of creating a garden from consultation and design to ground preparation and planting.

Plants were grown at the college on Angel Hill and Bury in Bloom donated towards the scheme, B&Q provided a grow house and the RHS £500 for materials and plants.

Alison Findlay, the RHS community outreach advisor for the East of England, worked with the students to grow over 40 plants using different propagation methods. Examples included sensory soft to touch lambs ear (stachys byzantica), prickly sempervivens, sweetly scented gladiola murielae and aromatic lemon thyme (thymus citriodorus variegate A) grown from division

With the RHS finalist banner Picture: JO SWEETMAN

With the RHS finalist banner Picture: JO SWEETMAN


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Other plants came from Nowton Park Nursery, RHS Garden Wisley’s Plant Centre, Howards Nursery and Sandy Lane Nursery.

With the RHS finalist banner Picture: JO SWEETMAN

With the RHS finalist banner Picture: JO SWEETMAN

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