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Melford in Bloom set to go live next week to bring colour and cheer to village during coronavirus lockdown




Efforts to revitalise the appearance of Long Melford are set to come to fruition, when a community-driven scheme goes live next week to bring cheer to the village during the coronavirus lockdown.

Volunteers have been working hard in recent weeks to deliver Melford in Bloom, having been inspired by similar initiatives in Sudbury and Halstead, by preparing floral displays for the village centre.

The project will see 10 hanging baskets and 17 barrel planters placed along Little St Mary’s and Hall Street, as well as 16 barrier baskets on the railings of the Chad Brook bridge, while work to repair and reseed numerous local green spaces has also taken place.

Planters and baskets have been installed around Long Melford for the launch of Melford in Bloom. Contributed picture. (34958177)
Planters and baskets have been installed around Long Melford for the launch of Melford in Bloom. Contributed picture. (34958177)

Parish councillor Jonathan Ewbank, who is helping to co-ordinate Melford in Bloom, said: “There is no doubting the negative impact on the village of the coronavirus restrictions.

“However, it is hoped that, as the nation moves towards a time when these restrictions are expected to be eased, the village centre and its businesses will be given a lift by becoming part of the ‘in bloom’ movement.

“It is also hoped a smarter village centre will help attract visitors when restrictions are lifted.

Planters and baskets have been installed around Long Melford for the launch of Melford in Bloom. Contributed picture. (34958188)
Planters and baskets have been installed around Long Melford for the launch of Melford in Bloom. Contributed picture. (34958188)

“Melford in Bloom exists because of the hard work and skills of its team of volunteers and support from the parish council.

“Since March, the team has had to adapt, with care that volunteers and contractors operate in accordance with government restrictions and with due attention to distancing protocols.”

There are plans to extend the project with additional displays, as well as involving Long Melford Primary School, once it reopens.

Organisers have also thanked local councillor Richard Kemp for providing locality grant funding, and Tom and Rob Jackson, from the John Smith plant nursery in Sudbury, for supplying many of the plants.

The scheme has also received support from Long Melford’s East of England Co-op, Long Melford Fire Station, Kier Group, MGT Suffolk, Acton Sand and Soil, JCS Hi-Torque, Perrywood in Sudbury and the Hyde Parker family, plus local contractors including Robert Clubb, Stuart Poole, Dave Carter, David Jackson and Paul Wilson.


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