Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Arriving at Station Park... the floral train

A FLORAL display in the shape of a train returned to Henley on Tuesday to boost the town’s bid to

A FLORAL display in the shape of a train returned to Henley on Tuesday to boost the town’s bid to win Britain in Bloom.

Henley in Bloom’s Gardening Buddies spent most of the morning planting succulents and seeders to create a similar design to when the train last stood in Station Park in 2006 and 2007, on the site of the old railway turntable.

Awnings were erected to protect the volunteers from the heavy rain as they worked.

Signwriter Norman Ingram has repainted the train in the First Great Western livery and Ezra Walker has made four new wheels.

The town council’s parks and services department used a JCB and other equipment loaned by Southern Plant and Hire to hoist the train into place.

Great Western Railway has made a £1,000 donation towards the display and Station Park itself is sponsored by Chiltern House Business Centre

Councillor Elizabeth Hodgkin, a member of the Henley in Bloom committee, said: “I am very pleased to get it back.

“People get very excited about the train because it’s a lovely thing to have and it’s very appropriate for this site.”

Councillor Kellie Hinton, who chairs Henley in Bloom, said: “This area is somewhere very nice to bring the judges and it’s very nice for workers and visitors to the area to come and have some lunch.

“The Gardening Buddies have done a fantastic job in organising this project, cleaning and sorting the train out.”

The display previously stood in Station Park to celebrate 150 years of the Henley railway.

The train was brought to Henley from Barnstaple, where it had been used as part of the town’s entry for regional, national and international In Bloom competitions.

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