Old Macdonald makes floral appearance

EVERYONE is aware that Old Macdonald had a farm. However, less people will know that on his farm he had 350,000 begonias. At least that's what Stowmarket and District Lions Club would lead us to believe this weekend, with their magnificent floral tapestry of Old Macdonald.

EVERYONE is aware that Old Macdonald had a farm.

However, less people will know that on his farm he had 350,000 begonias.

At least that's what Stowmarket and District Lions Club would lead us to believe this weekend, with their magnificent floral tapestry of Old Macdonald.

The Abbey Gardens in Bury St Edmunds will be the location for the vast mosaic from today until Sunday .

The colourful carpet is being laid using tropical begonia heads and when complete, will depict the old farmer with some of his fabled livestock.

Work is already underway to create only the second embroidery of its kind to be made in the UK.

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The huge, hand woven fleece will measure 20m x 25m and requires the use of more than a quarter of a million flower heads.

They have arrived in Suffolk all the way from Belgium, where patchworks like this are a more common sight in marketplaces.

The flowers were picked by growers and packed into a refrigerated container before being ferried overnight to their new home.

It will cost £2.50 for the privilege of seeing the UK's largest begonia flower carpet up close.

The dramatic effect of the carpet is best witnessed from a viewing platform overlooking the collage.

The charities being supported by the occasion are Macmillan Cancer Care, Diabetes and other Lion's Club causes.

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