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Welcome
Sometimes we can be a
little guilty of not
appreciating our county’s
beauty spots, so it’s good to hear
that in VisitEngland’s most recent
visitor attractions survey the
Abbey Gardens in Bury St Edmunds emerged as the fifth most visited free attraction.
The 14-acre town centrepiece welcomed some 1,021,048 visitors last year and was the only attraction outside of London in the top five.
The Gardens, which are home to the remains of the Abbey of St Edmund, will be celebrating its 1000th anniversary throughout 2022.
Meanwhile they may not always be as beautifully kept as Bury’s floral landmark, but allotments can also bring a lot of pleasure and we talk to some green fingered plot holders in this issue. Elsewhere we cast our eyes around the region to pick out some of our most picturesque villages. We also like to bring you quirky characters with links to the county and few can be quite as out-of- the-ordinary as Patricia Highsmith. You can read about her on pages 11-13.
Richard Bryson Editor and Publisher Bury & West Suffolk magazine won the News Awards 2018 Regional Magazine of the Year and was highly commended and commended in the same category in 2019 and 2017
issue 82 September 2021
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Top of the plots The joys of allotments
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September 2021 Issue 82
People Food & drink Fashion Art Interiors Health & Beauty Events
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 47&49 Colourful displays
Art with passion at Bildeston and Great Cornard galleries
50 Branching out Tales of a novice woodsman
53 Jazz and a ‘cat-as-strophe’ John Biggs finally gets round to that book
54 Open days and schools Old Buckenham Hall and King’s Ely
56 A walk in border country Angie Jones rambling in north Essex
59 Brought to book The Bury Literature Festival
60 Agenda
Our pick of September events
63-79 Homes & Gardens
The pleasures of allotments; choosing fabric then paint colour; ways to create a perfect office environment; why
Newmarket is a property hotspot and village’s historic home is the property of the month
80-81 Pet advice
Eastgate vets - plus the thoughts of dog expert Caroline Fardell
82 My favourite things
. . . with Terri Edwards, owner of the Flower Hut and The Plant Hut
Bury St Edmunds
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