Wednesday, 23 June 2021

Winner chosen to redesign roundabout

A LANDSCAPE gardener has won a competition to redesign a roundabout at an entrance to Henley.

A LANDSCAPE gardener has won a competition to redesign a roundabout at an entrance to Henley.

Paul Terroni, 35, from Abingdon, was chosen for his ideas, including grass laid to look as though it is water.

The competition was launched by Henley in Bloom in December to revamp the roundabout near Tesco in Reading Road, which is sponsored by the Henley Standard.

The idea is to show Henley as a “gateway to a healthy lifestyle” and create a vibrant welcome to the town.

Mr Terroni’s design will feature a wire sculpture of a figure by artist Rachel Ducker surrounded by flower beds of Olympic-style interlocking rings planted in bright colours.

The roundabout, which is 15m in diameter, has featured a boat for the last 10 years and the new design is expected to last for about the same length of time. Mr Terroni said: “The concept behind the competition was health and, because water plays a strong role in Henley with the river and rowing, I wanted that to be a central theme. I originally wanted a water feature in the centre but that just wasn’t going to be feasible so the grass will be laid to represent water and the sculpture will look as though it is leaping out from it. I wanted a warm, vibrant design that has a sense of energy and movement.”

Mr Terroni, who runs his own landscaping business, said he was thrilled to win the competition, adding: “I haven’t designed a roundabout before so it will be a new and exciting challenge.”

The competition was run in conjunction with Shiplake landscape and garden designer Ana Mari Bull, who was one of the judges along with Henley in Bloom chairwoman Kellie Hinton, town councillor Elizabeth Hodgkin, Miles Watson-Smyth, of Windowflowers, and the town council’s parks manager Gareth Bartle.

Mrs Bull said: “From a presentation point of view, Paul was head and shoulders above the rest. It was very professionally executed and the attention to detail was incredible.

“It will be great to include work by Rachel Ducker, who really embraces freedom of movement in her designs, and will create a stunning feature as you come in to Henley from Reading.”

Work on the roundabout is expected to begin next month and be completed by May. It will be funded by sponsorship and maintained by the park services staff and Henley in Bloom’s Gardening Buddies.

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