Wednesday, 04 August 2021

Friends of Townlands hope to preserve flowers

A CALL has been made to save the primroses at Townlands Hospital before demolition work begins.

The Friends of Townlands Hospital want to preserve the thousands of flowering plants growing at the York Road site.

Town councillor Elizabeth Hodgkin, who is a member of the group, is asking residents to help dig up the primroses and take care of them until they can be replanted at the new hospital.

Cllr Hodgkin, who also runs the Henley Gardening Buddies, said: “Over the years, many primroses have seeded themselves on the hospital site and this has given much pleasure to the residents of Henley. Before the demolition work starts we would like to save these primroses and, when the new hospital is built, replant them as a community project.”

The idea first came up at the Friends’ annual meeting two years ago when Pam Phillips, another town councillor on the group, was mayor.

She said: “I remember going to the meeting and being bowled over by the display of primroses and I said, ‘whatever we do, we must get those primroses out of the ground’.I’m thrilled the idea is being used and has developed into getting the community involved as well.”

Cllr Hodgkin said: “After a bit of a delay we have suddenly found out the hospital plans are going ahead, so we thought ‘right, let’s get going’.

Everyone at the meeting thought it would be a really nice community project and would be putting something from the old Townlands into the new Townlands.

We are asking people to take the flowers home and keep them well and healthy for about two years and then be prepared to come and replant.”

Anyone who would like to get involved is asked to meet at the hospital on Saturday, April 26 at 10am.

Helpers are asked to bring 10 6in plant pots filled with compost, gloves and large or small gardening forks.

Staff from the Hot Gossip coffee house in Friday Street will provide refreshments.

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