Saturday, 18 November 2017

Dozens sign up to hanging basket scheme

A TOTAL of 159 hanging baskets have now been bought as Henley bids for the third time to win Britain in Bloom.

A TOTAL of 159 hanging baskets have now been bought as Henley bids for the third time to win Britain in Bloom.

Shops, businesses and residents have been snapping up the summer flower baskets as Henley in Bloom volunteers bid to beat last year?s record total of 171 with the support of the Henley Standard?s new Growing for Gold campaign.

The baskets will be filled with purple and sky blue surfinia petunias, pink and red ivy leaf geraniums, blue scaevola, white bacopa, violet verbena and red begonia dragon wing.

They will be supplied and maintained throughout the summer by WindowFlowers of Burnham.

Town councillor Kellie Hinton, chairwoman of Henley in Bloom, said the choice of bold colours was deliberate. She said: ?We looked at the baskets from the last few years and what had blossomed well.

?Some colours thrive better than others and pinks and purples give the best possible look while pale yellows and whites don?t quite work.

?Purple is my favourite colour for the flowers and last year the purple baskets looked stunning.?

Orders for the baskets should be placed by June 1. Baskets will be available after this date but will be different to the ones ordered before then.

The Bell Bookshop in Bell Street has ordered baskets for the first time this year. Manager Hilary Redhead said: ?We always thought about getting some but before we had done our own and had various pots out the front.

?So this year we thought we would try the Henley in Bloom baskets. They always look spectacular outside other shops and businesses. Also, they are maintained for us. We?re at one end of Bell Street so hopefully the baskets will help people to see us.?

Patisserie Franco-Belge in Duke Street has ordered three baskets.

Manager Christine Harris said: ?I think it makes the town look nice if everyone makes the effort to do it. To me it?s simple because the baskets look great and I would encourage other people to buy them. The baskets are good quality and watered by other people.?

Gill Jackson, office manager at RPS Energy in Reading Road, has ordered two baskets. She said: ?We have ordered them before to provide some colour because we have a very plain, red frontage. We are also a bit out of the way down this end of town. The baskets bring colour and life to the front.?

Neil Ainsworth, licensee of the Argyll pub in Market Place, has ordered five baskets as usual. He said: ?It puts the pub in symmetry with the rest of the town as the decoration is the same. The baskets are great value for money and bring a lot of joy to both residents and people who visit Henley.?

The Spice Merchant restaurant in Riverside will have five baskets. Manager Hasan Chowdhury said: ?We used to have something else but these flowers look so much better than our old ones. When you look around the town the flowers are all the same and it makes you feel part of the group and all similar. The baskets attract people to the town and our restaurant. The colours look great against our building and the river.?

Jackie Outram ordered five baskets on behalf of businesses at The Hub business centre in Station Road, including, Quintessa, where she works, HMT LLP, Intellect, Brixx, Fidelity, Café Create, Dendrite and the Communications Group.

She said: ?It?s always nice to brighten up the building, which can look a bit dull. The building is next to the station so it provides a positive first impression for visitors.?

The baskets, which will start to go up next month, cost £61 each, £59.50 for two or more, or £56 for 10 or more. A bracket to hang the basket from costs £24 if one is not already installed. All prices include VAT.

To order a basket fill in the form printed here or collect one from the town hall. Alternatively, call Becky Walker at Henley Town Council on (01491) 576982 or email her at b.walker@henleytowncouncil.gov.uk

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