Sunday, 18 November 2018

Village to have record number of hanging baskets

A RECORD 48 hanging baskets will be hung around Goring in a bid to win a Britain in Bloom gold award.

A RECORD 48 hanging baskets will be hung around Goring in a bid to win a Britain in Bloom gold award.

More than a dozen volunteers, including members of the village’s Greenfingers club, have planted the baskets with a mixture of geraniums, lobelia, verbena, bacopa and surfinia.

The plants were grown in the volunteers’ greenhouses and the baskets will be hung up over the next fortnight. Sixteen local shops have sponsored baskets including butchers Simmons & Son, Inspiration, the Village Café, Davis Tate, Goring Hair Studio and Swift Ink. Richard Farr, landlord of the Arcade in High Street, has paid for nine baskets.

The remainder have been sponsored by Goring Parish Council and most of them will be hung on the bridge. There will also be two baskets at Goring library in Station Road. Pierreponts café in High Street, Salters Steamers, the Catherine Wheel pub in Station Road and the Barge Louisa hotel boat are sponsoring new hardy perennials at Goring Lock.

Last year, Goring won a silver gilt award and the volunteers hope to go one better this year.

Organiser Stephanie Bridle said: “I think we will do well this year. We have a good chance of keeping our silver gilt at least. We would love to win gold but the trouble is we have to do a lot of work without any outside help. Our population is less than a third of Henley’s and we do not have their resources.

“Nonetheless, this voluntary effort to make our environment beautiful is what the competition is all about. We want residents to have pride in their area and would encourage as many people as possible to join in.”

Mrs Bridle needs helpers to pick up litter and clean the streets in the run-up to the judges’ visit in July. You can call her on (01491) 875283.

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