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‘Eyesore’ garden of weeds in town needs a tidy up

Siam Garden, Sudbury ANL-160726-143450001
Siam Garden, Sudbury ANL-160726-143450001

Hopes are that volunteers will be found to tend a neglected heritage site in Sudbury town centre,

Town clerk Jacqui Howells is meeting with police, Babergh District Council and a community group today to discuss the state of Siam Gardens, near the former Siam surgery with the hope a new volunteer group could be formed to tidy it.

She said a proposal for the town council to take over the management of the area from the district council had been put forward by David Burnett from the Sudbury Museum Trust, whose concerns about the state of the garden she shared.

She said: “I am going to meet with the council, police and a local user group to see if we can get some community involvement and get it tidied up.”

Mr Burnett, secretary of the Trust, said the area had been transformed by the Market Town Partnership which, working with the district council, had created “an attractive open space” which was now overgrown.

The gardens commemorate the history of cloth manufacture in Sudbury with heritage signs and information.

He said: “Much of the transformative work was done by the late Tom McConnell and by Robin Drury. However, it has been sadly neglected in recent years. It seems a shame that this asset has now become an eyesore.

“The original planting of perennials and shrubs has been overgrown by weeds and other invasive species.

“The lawn is full of weeds and frequently left uncut, and one of the three information boards is covered in bird droppings. The garden is also often left unlocked at night.”

Mr Burnett said Siam Gardens should feature in Sudbury’s silk trail for visitors to the town but in its present state it was not possible.

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