A dazzling display of blooms has brought summer colour to a Stowmarket shopping parade – thanks to the efforts of local housing developer Lovell and Stowmarket Town Council.
Lovell, which is working nearby on a major housing redevelopment project for the 39,000-home Orbit Group, has sponsored a mass of flower-filled hanging baskets which the Town Council has installed at the shops in Wolsey Road.
Town Mayor, Barry Humphreys MBE, says: “The abundance of amazing and colourful hanging baskets have transformed the Wolsey Road. This year’s hanging baskets are, without doubt, the best I have seen. They are full of the most beautiful flowers with striking colours and bringing the whole road to life.
“On behalf of the Town Council, I would like to take this opportunity of thanking Lovell for their generosity in sponsoring the hanging baskets this year. We are extremely grateful for their community spirit and assistance in helping make our town look wonderful.”
Lovell site manager Rory Drew says: “The hanging baskets look fantastic. It’s been excellent to support the Town Council and the Wolsey Road businesses which are just around the corner from the new homes we are building for Orbit. There’s a strong sense of community in Stowmarket with people taking a real pride in their town. Extending the benefits of the ongoing housing regeneration programme as widely as possible is very important to us, so we’re delighted to have been able to get involved and help out.”
Lovell is building 62 modern energy-efficient new homes in Stowmarket in Silverdale Avenue, Lydgate Road, Kingsmead Road, Kingsmead Close and St Mary’s Road as part of a large-scale redevelopment programme of outdated concrete Unity Houses for Orbit Homes. Lovell is building a total of 164 new homes in Suffolk through the overall redevelopment programme at sites in Stowmarket, Haughley and Woolpit.
Orbit Homes regional development manager Laura Handford says: “It’s great to see the new homes starting to come out of the ground, and the hanging baskets along the shop fronts help bring the whole area to life just that little bit more.”