Thursday, 17 June 2021

Incredible! Pupils help wildlife and firefighters grow vegetables

BIRD and bat boxes have been donated to Henley schools.

BIRD and bat boxes have been donated to Henley schools.

Henley in Bloom has given two boxes to Rupert House School, St Mary’s School and Trinity, Valley Road, Badgemore and Sacred Heart primaries.

Colin Bishop and Andrew Hawkins created the boxes using wood donated by Jewson in Reading Road and cut down by Henley Town Council’s parks services staff.

Kellie Hinton, who chairs Henley in Bloom, said: “We want all the schools to participate in Henley in Bloom and help promote wildlife.”

Lesley Crockett, headteacher of Badgemore, said: “We are very grateful to receive these donations from Henley in Bloom. We are a forest school and this sort of initiative fits directly into our curriculum and is a wonderful addition.”

Beth Wood, branch manager for Jewson, said: “It is nice to be able to support the community. We like to do all we can for nature and schoolchildren.” Elsewhere, a herb garden is to be created outside Henley fire station.

Henley in Bloom’s volunteer Gardening Buddies will plant rosemary, lettuce and spinach alongside perennial shrubs at the entrance to the West Street building on May 17.

The council’s parks services staff dug over the ground on Tuesday using equipment loaned by Southern Plant and Tool Hire.

The new area will help replace the chestnut tree which stood outside the station for many years before it was cut down a couple of years ago.

Cllr Hinton said: “We want to celebrate the ‘incredible edibles’ theme and thought this would be the perfect place to do it. We are going to plant some edible things which people can help themselves to and it’s a way of making the area look pretty.”

She hopes someone will sponsor hanging baskets for the building.

Nick Windsor, station watch manager, said: “The local residents would like something to replace the tree and we thought it would be a good idea to smarten it up and make it look tidier. We are going to help out as much as we can by maintaining it.”

Viv Greenwood, a Gardening Buddy who lives in West Street, said: “We are really pleased that this rather barren space is now being put to good use. We are looking forward to growing herbs and plants to brighten up the neighbourhood and I hope that lots of West Street residents will come and help us with the planting.”

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