Abbey Gardens Friends
Summer Newsletter 
June 2017

Dear Friends,

I am delighted to tell you that the Abbey Gardens Friends (AGF) are providing £3,765 from our own funds to the Borough Council for two important projects to help improve the Abbey Gardens. 

The first project involves replanting the herbaceous border opposite the Rose Garden.  Volunteer gardeners from the AGF have planted various flowers including Artemisia ludoviciana, Echinacea purpurea, Helenium 'Moerheim Beauty', Rudbeckia fulgida sullivantii and Salvia verticillata 'Purple Rain' to restock the border.  The AGF funds will also cover the cost of a commemorative plaque in the border.

The second project involves the current installation of 44 oak posts to support climbing plants in the central circular bedding area.  The AGF funds include planting a special clematis in memory of Nathaniel Hodson the originator of the Abbey Gardens in 1820.  The Borough Council is also providing new rambling roses to climb the oak support posts.  The AGF funds include the cost of four commemorative plaques.

We still have some funds left for future projects and we would welcome your suggestions.

More recently, two new members have kindly donated some money to fund the re-stocking of the aviary in the Abbey Gardens.  New birds will include Zebra Finches, Bengalese Finches and Love Birds.  The AGF have agreed to fund ten new information signs for all the bird species in the aviary. 

The AGF has a full programme of activities during the summer.  There will be a Social Evening at the Athenaeum at 6.30 pm on Thursday 27 July (note change from Wednesday 26 July).  There will then be a guided walk in the Abbey Gardens led by Graham Maynard looking at new projects and new ideas at 6.00 pm on Wednesday 9 August.  And then there will be a joint walk and talk with the Bury Water Meadows Group followed by a presentation by the Environment Agency at the Cathedral Centre at 6.00 pm on Thursday 7 September to examine the challenges and successes in the conservation of the River Lark.

You can buy tickets for our events and also our greetings cards at the Rangers Shop in the Abbey Gardens. 

Please note that the Bury St Edmunds Concert Band will be playing in the Abbey Gardens under the “sails” near the footbridge over the river on Sunday 25 June and Sunday 27 August.  Details at the Rangers Shop.

On a rather more serious note, we are concerned that our membership numbers have been falling recently.  New members are always welcome.  If you are already a member and haven’t yet renewed your membership subscription for 2017, please remember to do so.  It costs only £5.00 per person per year and you can sign up at one of our events of contact us by phone or e-mail. 

Sophie Roebuck
Chair of the Abbey Gardens Friends.

AGF phone: 07956-763112
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