County Upper/ Mere Road Circular Run Bury St Edmunds

In Bury St Edmunds, County Upper School, Hyde Wood, suffolk, sugar beet on October 22, 2005 at 5:21 pm

10am 7 miles in 52.44.

Year to date mileage 1046

Month to date 96 miles

Average miles per month 108

Average weekly rate 24.8

Weather: Dry dull and cool.

Course: From County Upper School I run through the Howard Estate and on to the Golf Course before reaching the B1106 Westley Road. Turn left here and right heading towards Risby past the Crematorium. At Hyde Cottages turn right and then run around Hyde Wood. The Hyde Road takes you back to Fornham All Saints and from here head back into town to the County Upper School.

The sugar beet harvest is in full production, the photos above show a field of sugar beet and nearby a store of beet awaiting collection and delivery to the factory.

Bury St Edmunds has the largest sugar beet factory in the country it can process 12,000 tonnes of beet a day, with about 1.85 million tonnes being processed each year. This beet comes from 1,300 growers, who receive a total of £58 million payment in an average year.

Sugar cane was the world’s sole source of sugar until 1748 when a German scientist, found a way of extracting sugar from the root of the sugar beet. Before this sugar beet had been grown only on a small scale as an animal feed.

If the wind is in the right direction and you are standing in town then you can’t help but pick up the smell of sugar beet from the factory. It is a warm, sweet smell that can be overpowering to those who are not familar with it.

Personally along with the smell of the Greene King Brewery I love it and wouldn’t have it any other way.

  1. i’m with you on the greene king front, but i could never quite grow to love the smell of the sugarbeet (i was born in bury).it’s far better than the smell of the chicken and pig factories that were just down our road, though…

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