THE Henley Standard’s Going for Gold campaign is just 15 hanging baskets away from its target.
Two businesses in Henley have ordered nine baskets between them in the past week, bringing the total number sold since we launched the campaign eight weeks ago to 155.
We are urging town centre shops, businesses and residents to buy the summer baskets in order to reach a record 170 and boost Henley’s bid to win gold in his year’s national Britain in Bloom competition.
We want to fill the town with flowers in time for the competition judges’ visit next month. The baskets are filled with pink and red pelargonium peltatum, purple scaevola aemula, purple and sky blue petunia, yellow calibrachoa, red begonia and violet verbena.
Councillor Kellie Hinton, who chairs Henley in Bloom, said: “We really need these last 15 baskets to show that we can come together and beat our record.
“We are getting closer to the judges’ visit now so if in the next week we could get the final orders that would be great. The baskets are great publicity for businesses.
“Residents or businesses who aren’t able to hang the baskets can donate towards the cost of one which we can then put somewhere in the town.
“We would like to put some near the fire station and in Greys Road. There are also opportunities to hang baskets in prominent places near the Red Lion Hotel and St Mary’s Church.
“In the past, we have had donations made in memory of loved ones, which is also a lovely thing to do.”
The Row Barge pub in West Street has ordered five baskets.
Landlord Jolyon Miller said: “The baskets look so lovely and I think they will help to bring people up West Street.”
Scott Investment has bought four baskets for its offices at the Old Rectory in Thames Side. Jeanette Coronin, office manager, said: “Hopefully the baskets will give a nice splash of colour for anyone visiting Henley, especially people driving over the bridge.”
Last year, the town scored 168 points out of a possible 200 in the Royal Horticultural Society competition and won silver gilt, falling just two points short of the gold.
Henley has won gold in the town category for the Thames Valley and Chilterns region for the last two years.
This year, the judges will visit Henley on July 17 for the regional competition and July 29 for the nationals.
Windowflowers, based in Burnham, provides the baskets, which will be maintained until October at a cost of £60 per basket or £116.40 for two baskets, including VAT.
Application forms can be picked up from Henley town hall or downloaded here www.henleystandard.co.uk/media/downloads/HangingBasketOrderForm2014.pdf