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Our green-fingered gardeners prepare for Bury in Bloom

Stephen Bloom, Bury in Bloom co-ordinator, and Gary Stannard, estates operations maintenance manager outside the West Suffolk HospitalStephen Moody, Bury in Bloom co-ordinator, and Gary Stannard, estates operations maintenance manager outside the West Suffolk Hospital

If you have visited the West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds recently, you may have noticed that there are flowers blooming and bees buzzing! This is down to the hard work of some of our Trust’s estates team and volunteers who have made it their mission to ensure the hospital supports the town with its Bury in Bloom credentials.

Banks of lavender and brightly coloured flowers welcome visitors to the hospital entrance, with more eye-catching and bee-friendly beds created near the Day Surgery Unit and the Eye Treatment Centre near the back of the site, among others.

Ian Stuchbury, estates manager, said: “We always try to ensure the hospital is clean, tidy and attractive for patients, visitors and staff, but I’m particularly proud of our hardworking team and volunteers this year for providing such a calming and pleasant environment for our patients and staff.

“Sometimes visiting hospital can seem daunting, so to welcome our patients with beautiful flowers and courtyards to relax in and look at, it really does make a difference to their wellbeing.

“Of course, we’re also playing our part in Bury providing habitat for wildlife, and supporting bees and pollination. We’re proud to join with the town of Bury St Edmunds to make our beautiful part of the world a haven for nature and biodiversity, and also a great place to be.”

Stephen Moody, Bury in Bloom co-ordinator, said: “It’s great that the hospital, one of Bury’s biggest employers, has got involved this year. We really wanted 2019 to be the year that Bury in Bloom expanded from the centre to the outskirts of the town, so we’re really proud that the West Suffolk has got on board with this community initiative.”

Bury in Bloom, an independent charity run by the Bury St Edmunds Society, is made up of more than 200 local volunteers, encouraging the local community to get back to nature and raise awareness of environmental issues, sustainability and biodiversity. It takes pride in the town, making it a beautiful place to live and work.

L-R Gary Stannard, estates operations maintenance manager, Sarah Dance, gardener, David Cracknell, gardener, and Ian Purt, builder - the WSFT team behind the blooms

Left to right: Gary Stannard, estates operations maintenance manager, Sarah Dance, gardener, David Cracknell, gardener, and Ian Purt, builder - the WSFT team behind the blooms

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The team behind the blooms: (Left to right) David Cracknell, gardener, Gary Stannard, estates operations maintenance manager, Sarah Dance, gardener, and Ian Purt, builder.

The team behind the blooms: (Left to right) David Cracknell, gardener, Gary Stannard, estates operations maintenance manager, Sarah Dance, gardener, and Ian Purt, builder.