Monday, 25 June 2018

Britain in Bloom regional judges impressed with town displays

HENLEY has been judged in the regional finals of this year’s Britain in Bloom competition.

HENLEY has been judged in the regional finals of this year’s Britain in Bloom competition.

Three judges visited the town last Thursday and were shown around by members of the Henley in Bloom committee.

The panel was led by Thames and Chilterns regional judge Sally Swift, who lives in Caversham, and Mike Gass of Abingdon.Trainee judge Julie Graham, from Bray, also took part.

They met the committee at the town hall in Market Place and were escorted to Henley Bowls Club in Mill Meadows where children from Mill Meadows nursery had decorated a tree with paper flowers. Henley in Bloom chairman Cllr Kellie Hinton gave a presentation on the group’s achievements.

Mrs Swift, of Hemdean Road, said: “It’s looking very good so far. The entrances to the town look very good and the bowls club lawn is outstanding. They should be proud to have this quality of grass when we’ve had such hot weather.”

The judges then viewed the wildlife area on Marsh Meadows before returning to Mill Meadows to examine the flower beds, including three new ones planted in honour of Henley’s twin towns of Bled, Leichlingen and Falaise.

Afterwards, they walked up Station Road, passing the floral train which was returned to Station Park this summer following a six-year absence. They viewed the Henley Lions’ wishing well and the floral boat display in Reading Road.

The panel then inspected pupils’ gardening projects at Sacred Heart Primary School in Greys Hill and visited the Gainsborough estate, where residents planted two new flower beds at the entrance earlier this year.

They also visited the town centre, where businesses have sponsored a record 163 new baskets following the Standard’s Buy A Basket initiative.

Mrs Swift said: “We’ve just been told about the campaign and think it sounds fantastic. I do live fairly locally so I’ve seen the baskets and they are looking absolutely splendid.”

Their tour continued with a visit to the herb and vegetable beds in West Street, the traffic island planters in Northfield End and the cemetery on Fair Mile. Finally, they inspected the Greencroft allotments off White Hill and crossed Henley Bridge to view Red Lion Lawn, where a bronze mermaid statue was installed last month.

Last year, Henley won gold in the competition’s regional finals and was put through to this year’s national finals, which will be judged on Monday. The results of this year’s regional finals will be announced in September.



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