Suffolk has UK's largest floral tapestry

THE UK's largest flower tapestry has been created for a spectacular display in a Suffolk market town.The giant floral carpet in the Abbey Gardens, Bury St Edmunds, measures 750 metres square and uses an incredible 350,000 begonia flower heads, including the world's first scented begonia.

THE UK's largest flower tapestry has been created for a spectacular display in a Suffolk market town.

The giant floral carpet in the Abbey Gardens, Bury St Edmunds, measures 750 metres square and uses an incredible 350,000 begonia flower heads, including the world's first scented begonia.

Volunteers from the Lions Club of Stowmarket and District hope the Old MacDonald themed display will raise thousands of pounds for charity.

The flowers themselves are leftovers from gardening businesses in Belgium and were harvested on Wednesday night before being brought over to Suffolk.


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More than 100 people, including those with connections to the club, undertook the enormous arrangement operation.

David Cleary, carpet organiser, said: “The weather hasn't helped but we aren't letting it bother us.

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“We are still hopeful of beating last year's fundraising total of £18,000 but we could do with some sunny weather to get the visitors in.”

The amazing spectacle in the famous gardens will be open for viewing from 9am until dusk today, tomorrow and Sunday.

A full colour programme has been produced and includes details of the begonia flower carpet display. It also contains a wealth of information on the flowers and articles from this year's chosen charities and the National Begonia Society, whose members will be on hand to offer growing advice to visitors.

The programme costs £2.50 and allows entry to the viewing area and raised platform, which offers a bird's-eye view of the floral masterpiece.

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