Monday, 18 December 2017

Vandals target decorative planter

A WHEELBARROW full of plants on a Henley street is set to be removed after it was tipped over for the second time.

A WHEELBARROW full of plants on a Henley street is set to be removed after it was tipped over for the second time.

The decorative planter in Upton Close was upturned overnight between Saturday and Sunday.

In August last year, the town council installed iron hoops to secure it in place after it was pushed on to its side by vandals.

Caroline Langler, a member of Henley in Bloom who lives in Queen Street, says she now plans to have the wheelbarrow removed.

“It has a broken leg and the plants are damaged,” she said. I’ve brought the plants home to recover and turned the barrow as much as I can to make it safe for now.

“Upton Close has proved too tempting for someone who thinks it’s a laugh to kick a wheelbarrow with plants over or bring up their takeaway in it.

“It’s probably the same person who pulls the bay trees out of their containers in Duke Street. It takes a very immature or unhappy person to do that sort of thing and I feel rather sorry for him or her.” Mrs Langler had filled the wheelbarrow with lavender, ivy, bluebells, annuals and polyantha.

She first planted the area for the Henley in Bloom judging last summer.

Mrs Langler said: “To be honest I never expected them to last that long.

“I did it to add colour to that area for the judges last year.

“They were planted with perennials so they lasted and I thought it was great so I kept them going.”

She added: “Every time I was there checking on them someone walking by would say they liked them and they enjoyed seeing them there.”

Henley in Bloom won its first ever Britain in Bloom gold as well as a gold award in the Thames and Chilterns regional competition.

The town also represented the UK in the Entente Florale European competition.



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