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Sudbury in Bloom awarded £25,000 grant to redevelop public garden in celebration of town's silk heritage

By Priya Kingsley-Adam

A project is getting underway at Siam Garden in Sudbury run by Sudbury in Bloom to mark the town's heritage. (8154154)
A project is getting underway at Siam Garden in Sudbury run by Sudbury in Bloom to mark the town's heritage. (8154154)

A voluntary organisation has been awarded a substantial grant to redevelop a public garden designed to mark Sudbury’s silk heritage.

Sudbury in Bloom, a group which encourages the community to maintain green spaces in the town, has received £25,000 from Pocket Parks Plus.

The government scheme provides financial support for the restoration of parks and open spaces.

The funding, which has been secured with the support of Sudbury Town Council and Babergh District Council, will enable the group to showcase a range of plants, typically used to dye silk, at Siam Garden.

Chris Storey, chairman of Sudbury in Bloom, highlighted the importance of paying homage to the town’s heritage.

“A lot of the history of Sudbury is based around weaving, and we found that many people weren’t aware of that,” he said.

The project, which is currently under way, is working towards a September deadline, when the group will host an inaugural silk festival at St Peter’s and Sudbury Town Hall.

Help has been enlisted from volunteers from the Grow Your Community project, who have cleared the ground ready for the next stage of the project.

Siam Garden is part of the Talbot Trail – a series of bronze sculptures, which represents Sudbury’s heritage.

Mr Storey hopes the project, once completed, will engage more people with Sudbury’s roots.

“If it’s more interesting and informative, we will hopefully get more visitors,” he said.

People are welcome to get involved in boosting areas of the town, which Mr Storey described as a collective effort.

He added: “We are trying to make the whole of the town look good and part of that is encouraging people to take an active interest.”


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