Sunday, 19 November 2017

Green-fingered residents unite

A PLANTING session was organised by residents of the Gainsborough estate in Henley.

A PLANTING session was organised by residents of the Gainsborough estate in Henley.

More than 30 adults, children and town councillors helped put in rosemary, hebe salicifolia, genista and rose glows at the entrance to the estate.

David Eggleton, 55, of Gainsborough Road, organised the event and donated £100 for new plants.

This was match-funded by Henley in Bloom and another £100 was donated by Toad Hall garden centre in the form of plants. Mr Eggleton, a father-of-eight who was helped by his wife Nicky and daughter Lily, eight, said: ?It?s all about getting everyone to work together in their community and get to know their neighbours on the estate.

?I believe it will make the estate more welcoming because some people judge on first impressions.?

Mr Eggleton, who works in house clearances and removals, said the estate had a bad image but he hoped to change this by improving how it looks. He said: ?Every estate has a little bit of a problem but all little problems can be sorted out if we pull together as one.

?It was great to get 30 people planting and hopefully we can get 40 to 50 people at the next event.

?As time goes on, we will have more involvement from residents and we can eventually have a party or barbecue at the end of it. This is just the start of something bigger.?

Councillor Kellie Hinton, who chairs the Henley in Bloom committee, said: ?What?s really nice about this is that it was started by residents who approached us.

?It seems they want to do this to help themselves and brighten up the estate. They have good ideas for future projects as well. In a year or two there will be a made-over estate with lovely green areas.?

Cllr Hinton said the work would help Henley?s bid to win gold in Britain in Bloom this year because it demonstrated community involvement. ?It doesn?t just help the residents because it also looks good to people driving past the estate and means the town looks nice,? she added. Meanwhile, Henley in Bloom?s annual plant sale or swap on Saturday raised £443.16.

Members of the Gardening Buddies displayed a variety of plants and vegetables, including rhubarb, in Market Place.

There was also a raffle with a prize of a selection of plants in a teacup-shaped basket.

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