Friday, 20 July 2018

Children to be taught about green living

PRIMARY schools in Henley will be given strawberry plants to teach the children about sustainable living.

PRIMARY schools in Henley will be given strawberry plants to teach the children about sustainable living.

Those taking part in Strawberry Summer will receive a tray of plants, pouches in which to grow them and a fact sheet with recipes.

The schools will be encouraged to keep a tally of the amount of strawberries they produce.

Strawberry Summer is the latest initiative organised by Henley in Bloom in a bid to win gold for the town in this year?s national Britain in Bloom competition.

The Henley in Bloom committee has agreed to buy the plants and pouches for the schools at a reduced price of £180 plus VAT from Toad Hall garden centre.

Councillor Kellie Hinton, who chairs the committee, said the idea came from Viv Greenwood, who is one of the town?s Gardening Buddies. She said: ?I have contacted every primary school and explained to them the project and they have said they would like to be involved.

?We will provide the plants and encourage the kids to grow them and eat the strawberries.?

There could also be a competitive element with schools asked to grow the most strawberries, take the best photographs or create the best recipes.

Cllr Hinton also said she hoped that a mural would be created on a wall at Trinity School once it has been repaired.

Builders merchants Gibbs & Dandy will provide the materials free of charge and a parent who is a builder has offered to repair the wall.

Artists from the Henley Arts and Crafts Guild have offered to work with pupils to come up with an appropriate design.

Cllr Hinton said: ?There were so many artists interested in this that they had to have a shortlist. They want to be able to go into the school first and discuss plans with the children.?

The committee is also hoping to launch a miniature garden competition for pre-schools and nurseries.

The children would have to create a garden without buying anything and by re-using and recycling items.

Caroline Langler, a committee member, said: ?I have seen miniature gardens inside cake tins.?

Cllr Hinton said the children?s creations could be displayed at the plant sale and swap event in Henley market place on May 28.

Last month, a new club was set up to encourage children in Henley to try gardening. Called Sprouts, the free club will meet once a fortnight, starting in this month, and will welcome parents and children aged three and over. It will meet in areas suitable for children, such as Mill Meadows.

To join the club, call 07527 826706 or send an email to

Henley has won silver gilt at the national Britain in Bloom finals for the last two years and gold in the Thames Valley and Chilterns region of the competition for the last three years.

It will compete again this year as well representing Britain in the Entente Florale Europe competition which promotes the ?greening? of towns and villages.

• Henley in Bloom?s annual Hit Litter event returns on March 28. Volunteers are provided with hi-vis vests, litter-pickers and bin bags to collect rubbish around the town centre. The committee agreed to approach charities and community groups to provide soup for the helpers.

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