Suntrap springs into life

FLOWER POWER: Helping to create an outside garden for library users in Sudbury are Kendal Cox and Bee Armitage, both five.
FLOWER POWER: Helping to create an outside garden for library users in Sudbury are Kendal Cox and Bee Armitage, both five.
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FIVE-year-olds Kendal Cox and Bee Armitage look like they are having fun getting stuck into some serious flower planting.

They were among 40 children and adults who turned up to transform an atrium in the middle of Sudbury Library on Market Hill, creating a little garden to be used for outside reading.

The atrium is a suntrap but, as no-one had done anything with it for many years, staff asked budding gardeners to come along to give the long-neglected garden a spring boost.

Seeds and plants were donated by Waitrose and environment group Transition Sudbury.

Library manager Joanna Cox said: “The atrium has never been used as a public space before, and so we had this idea to spruce it up.

“I was really impressed with how many people came along to the open day, and every child planted a sunflower and a name tag was put on.

“It looks very nice now and, when the weather is good, anyone coming to the library can grab a book or a newspaper, and even a coffee from the library, and go outside.”

A bench has been bought by staff in memory of Maxine Harrison, a former assistant manager of the library who died five years ago from pancreatic cancer.