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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 SWEETMAN Working 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 SWEETMAN Alison 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.

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