Sunday, 20 August 2017

Meadows win Keep Britain Tidy award

MILL and Marsh Meadows in Henley have been presented with a Green Flag.

The town council, which owns and manages the riverside beauty spots, first applied for the award last year but narrowly missed out.

Now it has succeeded at the second attempt following an inspection by judges from Keep Britain Tidy, which administers the scheme, in May.

The award recognises green spaces which offer a wide range of facilities and are maintained to a high standard.

The judges called the meadows a “beautiful riverside amenity, open to all, providing a free and safe quality recreational opportunity for visitors of all ages and abilities.”

The meadows are maintained by the council’s parks team and volunteers from the Henley Wildlife Group.

The parks team, headed by Gareth Bartle, maintains the trees and facilities such as the Leichlingen pavilion and the children’s play areas.

The wildlife group holds monthly working parties and is setting up reed beds in Marsh Meadows to encourage wetland plants.

Henley Mayor Martin Akehurst said: “This was very much a collaborative effort. Mill and Marsh Meadows are a very special part of Henley and this shows how much pride people take in their town.”

• Caversham Court gardens won a Green Flag for the fifth year since they re-opened after a £1.6 million restoration funded by Lottery grants.

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