Community champ helps brighten up Magdalen Street, in Norwich

Community minded Magadalen Street trader Carol Mann who has been doing her bit to brighten up the st

Community minded Magadalen Street trader Carol Mann who has been doing her bit to brighten up the street by planting colourful flowers and pick up litter. Photo : Steve Adams - Credit: Steve Adams

A green-fingered community champion is brightening up an area of the city.

Community minded Magadalen Street trader Carol Mann who has been doing her bit to brighten up the st

Community minded Magadalen Street trader Carol Mann who has been doing her bit to brighten up the street by planting colourful flowers and pick up litter. Pictured with Jemma Blake of Flowers under the Flyover who has donated plants. Photo : Steve Adams - Credit: Steve Adams

Carol Mann, 54, armed with her trowel and baskets of flowers has been injecting colour into Magdalen Street.

Her love for the street has grown after being a trader for seven years.

So to welcome people to the area, she decided to plant flowers and pick up litter.

She said: 'It's about taking rubbish out and putting flowers in. It's a lovely street and I wanted to give something back.'


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Ms Mann works at Aladdin's Cave, on Magdalen Street.

'All of the traders shop from each other and pop in with cups of tea. It is a great sense of community and I just wanted to thank people around here for everything they do.

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'People stop and tell me it's a nice thing I'm doing.'

Donations of plants have been pouring in since the keen gardener was spotted planting.

Stuart McLaren, secretary of St Augustine's Community Together Residents' Association, said: 'Carol is doing a wonderful thing and she should be congratulated for taking action.'

People taking initiative in their area is something which Norwich City Council is trying to promote.

A council spokesman said: 'In the future we will be looking at different ways of working with local communities and building on the local pride they already feel.'

If you have a news story about a local person trying to improve their community, email jemma.walker@archant.co.uk

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