Greener Growth project needs help from residents to create 'green corridor' in Bury St Edmunds

By Kevin Hurst Bury Free Press

A call for Bury St Edmunds residents to put their favourite town green spaces on the map – literally – has been made by a Suffolk environmental community interest company.

Greener Growth’s Bury Green Spaces project wants people to fill out a questionnaire to help to create a ‘green corridor’ throughout the town for the benefit of wildlife and residents’ suggestions for the map could also grow future project ideas.

Jo Metcalfe, founder of Greener Growth, said: “We all know outdoor activities have become more important over the last year or so but for us they have always been important because of the impact on health, wellbeing and biodiversity as a whole.

Andy Abbott (Chairman of Southgate Community Partnership), Craig Lee (Project Manager/Director for Greener Growth), Jo Metcalfe (Greener Growth founder), Cllr Pete Thompson and Cllr Richard Rout - outside Southgate Community Centre, one of the areas set to be transformed.Picture by Mecha Morton.

“People that live in this town know their area best, so we need their input on how green spaces near them should be managed or looked at a little differently to help wildlife thrive there.”

The organisation has worked on various projects across the town over the years and when this new idea was presented to the town council most councillors were in support of it, including chairman and mayor, Peter Thompson.

He said: “The important thing for me in this project is that it is community-driven. I love that this will be engaging with people to show what they have found.

“On my ward, Moreton Hall, I have seen people discovering places on their daily walks that they did not know existed before, so I am hoping Jo’s project will bring greater awareness like this and benefit residents’ lives and their mental wellbeing for the better.”

Jo also hopes the project will allow for collaborations with the likes of Bury in Bloom and Grow Bury St Edmunds Community Garden to make the map fully inclusive of all the good work which is being done in the town.

She said: “We want everybody, town councillors, community groups and residents to join forces on this for the benefit of the town.

Tollgate Primary School

Tollgate Primary School

This won’t make the front pages, simply because Good News doesn’t sell many newspapers. . .

However, at Greener Growth we like to try and provide some balance in life, as we do in nature!

Just after completing the final touches for the Oaks Road Memorial Orchard, and before we start work on the St Olaves Woodland Project, we are continuing our work at Tollgate Primary School, thanks to the Bury St Edmunds Town Council.

We approached the Council in June, to ask for help to finish phase 1 of the wildlife gardens and pond area for their large concrete playground.

The application was completed, Joannah Metcalfe presented (beautifully) to the councillors at the recent meeting at the end of July and we started the work today! Hurrah!

Tollgate Primary School, Bury St. Edmunds | New planters and insect hotels

We know how much the work is appreciated by the parents, the staff, and the pupils at the school. We are very well supported by the teachers Claire Bates and David Morris. We received a lovely postcard from Claire just after they finished the Summer Term.

Hopefully the children will love the new bird feeder, the bird and bat boxes as well as the extra raised beds and seating areas.

Not only will this produce food, they will massively increase the biodiversity on site, as well as covering up some unsightly and unused drains. . .

A great example of the people in Bury St. Edmunds coming together as a community to support each other!

Phase 2 will be in the Autumn, if we can get more funding - watch this (green) space!”