Recycled poppies make a statement for Anglia in Bloom

Recycled poppies make a statement for Anglia in Bloom

The hard work of Britain in Bloom groups and local recycling initiatives are always worthy of praise. So when the two combine, like they have in a recent art project by the Crafty Foxes group in Bury St Edmunds to create large, eye-catching poppies from recycled materials, we are always very happy to hear about it. 

From plastic to poppy 

The Crafty Foxes group ran workshops around Bury St Edmunds for a wide range of groups including primary schools, middle schools, a Scout group, a dementia group and the West Suffolk College. Waterproof recycled materials such as fabric, tin cans and plastic bags were used to create the beautiful poppies in what was a fantastic example of a community pulling together to create a stunning piece of art. Sponsorship came from local company Hawksmoor Investment Management. 

Raising awareness of the need to recycle 

Amberol’s versatile range of indoor and outdoor recycling bins is designed to encourage people to recycle their rubbish in order to help make a real difference to the amount of waste that is unnecessarily being dumped in landfill in the UK. Community art projects may not make much of a practical difference to the environment in terms of the materials they use, however the effect they have in raising public awareness of the need to recycle both at home and on the go cannot be underestimated. 

A stunning display 

When the poppies were finished they went on display to create a sea of vibrant red in the town’s Abbey Gardens next to a sculpture of a World War 1 era bicycle created by local artist Trudi Edmunds in tribute to her great, great uncle who died in the Great War at the age of just 20. The sculpture and recycled poppy display mark the start of a new World War 1 trail in Bury St Edmunds which has been created to commemorate the centenary of the war ending. 

Poppies in Bloom 

It’s not just those who visited Abbey Gardens who were able to enjoy the sight of the poppies this summer. Pictures of the artwork were added to bollards around Bury St Edmunds on the Anglia in Bloom and Britain in Bloom judging routes to enhance the appearance of the town for judges, visitors and residents alike. 

Recycling at source 

Whether they are needed for indoors or outdoors, Amberol have recycling bins for all communal spaces. If you would like to discuss your recycling needs, please call us on 01773 834191 or email sales@amberol.co.uk

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