Saturday, 24 July 2021

Friends of Townlands save primroses

VOLUNTEERS dug up about 1,000 primroses from the grounds of Townlands Hospital in Henley.

The site is about to be redeveloped and the hospital’s Friends group wanted to save as many of the plants as possible before the work starts.

About 40 people, including the Henley in Bloom Gardening Buddies and members of Henley Wildlife Group and Henley in Transition, helped out on Saturday.

They put the plants into pots before taking them to their homes to look after them. Most of the primroses will be cared for until the new hospital has been built when they will be returned. Henley in Transition will plant some in the woodland behind Tilebarn Close, off Deanfield Road. Henley Wildlife Group will plant more on the chalk banks in Valley Road.

Elizabeth Hodgkin, who organised the day, said: “There are still many flowers left but it was a lovely day and a good opportunity to save as many as we could. I was very pleased with what we achieved and I know everyone who came was very happy with it.

“I have the contact details of everyone who took part and will be in touch with them regularly to see how their primroses are doing. The contractors have promised to give us a place to put them back.”

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