Sunday, 22 July 2018

‘Living wall is dying from lack of water’

A FORMER Mayor of Henley has called for a “living wall” in Henley to be better cared for.

A FORMER Mayor of Henley has called for a “living wall” in Henley to be better cared for.

The wall was installed in late June on Leighlingen Pavilion and is made up of 275 separate plants including red heuchera, viola odorata, euphorbia, lamium and coreopsis.

Speaking at a full council meeting on Tuesday Pam Phillips, of St Marks Road, said: “The living wall is not receiving enough water and some plants are dieing. It’s not as attractive as it was to begin with.

“It needs regular watering so I hope this can be done.”

Councillor David Eggleton explained he had met with park services and said it was not because the plants had been inadequately watered.

“They do not lack watering,” he said. “Some plants need to be moved and replaced but they are being regularly watered.”

Stonehouse Property Care in Station Road paid for and built the £3,000 wall. The plants were paid for by the town council and supplied by Toad Hall garden centre in Marlow Road.

Mrs Phillips, who lost her seat on the town council at the election in May, also commented on the need for park services to attended to part of the toddler playground in Mill Meadows.

She said: “The tunnel has thistles and brambles growing out of the hedge and we have children who are very much on their hands and knees. It’s amazing no one appears to have been attacked by a thistle or bramble.”

Cllr Eggleton said park services had agreed to tidy that hedge up and take out the brambles.

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