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

PUBLISHED: 11:01 13 June 2018 | UPDATED: 11:01 13 June 2018

With the RHS finalist banner Picture: JO SWEETMAN

With the RHS finalist banner Picture: JO SWEETMAN

Jo Sweetman 2015

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

Working on the central bed Picture: JO SWEETMANWorking on the central bed 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

Alison Findlay and the students Picture: JO SWEETMANAlison Findlay and the students Picture: JO SWEETMAN

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


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Bury Mercury visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Bury Mercury staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Bury Mercury account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Other popular content

Yesterday, 16:33

Following the Grenfell Tower tragedy, the managing director of a Suffolk-based manufacturer of safety and access products claims that consideration given by architects, contractors and building owners to fire safety “has never been greater,” but there is still work that can be done to prevent such an accident happening in the future.

Yesterday, 14:57

Plans to increase weekend working for drivers at a Bury St Edmunds animal feed firm has prompted a ballot for strike action.

Yesterday, 18:34

Two men, both from London, were found not guilty of three firearms charges after another man reported being shot at.

Yesterday, 18:08

Homes and businesses in rural communities across Suffolk and north Essex are still suffering from a lack of 4G mobile phone coverage, according to latest figures from Ofcom.

Local weather



max temp: 18°C

min temp: 11°C

Show Job Lists

Newsletter Sign Up

Bury Mercury weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

MyDate24 MyPhotos24