The group was started in August 2017 supporting the excellent work of a parishioner, who in 2011, offered to create and improve the borders alongside the church. Using many plants from his own garden, this hard work has created a very colourful and attractive feature to the car park, church and school entrance.
The more recent project involved clearing the old shrubs from the raised bed area next to the ramp entrance, replacing the soil and establishing a planting scheme for easy maintenance and all-year interest. The main feature envisaged was a small tree, and this was kindly donated by Bury in Bloom from their ‘love where you live’ initiative, marking their 30 years of work in the town.
The ‘Sorbus Vilmorinii’ was planted in March 2017 and is now beginning to establish well. Spring bulbs, perennials, small evergreen plants complete the scheme creating an attractive and welcoming area.
The gardeners meet every month for a regular two-hour session on a Saturday and work hard keeping all areas weed free, tidy, watered and looking well maintained.
It is still ‘work in progress’ with developing ideas on future planting, particularly on the leDong car park border.
The St Edmund roses planted alongside the wall, were donated by the late Mike Ames, a parishioner, and long standing past chairman of Bury in Bloom.
Pictured above is the Bury St Edmunds parish gardening group outside St Edmunds.