Saturday, 25 November 2017

TV gardener praises Buy a Basket campaign

A CELEBRITY gardener and TV presenter has praised the Henley Standard for our Buy a Basket campaign.

A CELEBRITY gardener and TV presenter has praised the Henley Standard for our Buy a Basket campaign.

Christine Walkden, who appears regularly on the One Show, spoke while visiting the garden at Rupert House School in Bell Street on Friday.

She was due to film a feature on the hanging baskets for the BBC show the previous day but this was postponed until the plants have grown bigger.

Mrs Walkden said: “The baskets need a few more weeks — we wouldn’t want to film something which is not fully out.

“I heard through the One Show that the Henley Standard is encouraging people to buy a basket. It is unusual for a local newspaper to run a campaign like this. Good on the Henley Standard for taking the initiative.”

The campaign was launched in April to boost the town’s chances of becoming Britain in Bloom champion.

A total of 163 hanging baskets have been sold, 13 more than our record-breaking target of 150.

Mrs Walkden was invited to visit Rupert House because pupils have been growing vegetables to use in their school lunches. The school garden was created in 2009.

Rosemary Brook, who is head of art at the school and runs a twice-weekly gardening club for pupils, said: “It is fantastic for her to give up her time to see our school garden.

“We are growing lettuces for school lunches and potatoes to be harvested in September. We also have a raised flowerbed. There are green beans, shallots, cabbages — all sorts.

“For the pupils to be able to garden means they have no pressure when they are working towards their exams. It is the most perfect activity to be involved in.”

Mrs Walkden said: “I was impressed by the level of diversity. There were different habitats and growing methods and I liked the fact that it was not teacher-led, it was the children themselves doing the work.”

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