Tuesday, 25 September 2018

Another chance to win bloom contest

HENLEY has been chosen to compete in the national finals of the Britain in Bloom competition for the second year

HENLEY has been chosen to compete in the national finals of the Britain in Bloom competition for the second year running.

The Thames and Chilterns in Bloom Association has selected the town as one of the three areas to represent the region in next year’s Royal Horticultural Society competition.

Councillor Kellie Hinton, who chairs Henley in Bloom, said she was confident that the town would be able to improve on its result in this year’s competition.

Henley received silver gilt at the 2013 awards ceremony earlier this month, finishing just two points short of gold.

Cllr Hinton said: “This means a lot to us because we narrowly missed out on gold this year.

“We are all in good spirits and we really feel that with the help of community groups and businesses we can go for gold next year.”

Cllr Hinton received an email from regional judge Sally Swift on Monday which confirmed that Henley had been chosen, along with Bracknell and Bray.

Henley in Bloom is linking up with its counterpart in County Antrim, which won gold in this year’s competition, to share ideas.

National judge Jon Wheatley has also offered to visit Henley to advise about what could be done to improve the town’s score.

Henley won the regional town title last month and was ranked fourth highest out of the nine finalists in the national competition.

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