Monday, 18 October 2021

Henley wins European horticultural prize

HENLEY has achieved silver award in a European horticultural competition.

HENLEY has achieved silver award in a European horticultural competition.

The town?s bloom group received their award for Entente Florale Europe at a gala dinner in Bristol on Friday evening.

They fell just short of the 85 points required for a gold award by scoring 83.67.

The awards are split into gold, silver and bronze levels.

This follows Henley winning a gold award and best town in the Thames and Chiltern in Bloom competition on Wednesday.

A group of 12 judges from across Europe visited Henley in July and looked at criteria such as environmentally sensitive development, education, community awareness, flowers, green spaces, tourism and "greening" of the town.

Henley was nominated for the award by Roger Burnett, chairman of the judging panel for the Royal Horticultural Society, and was mentored through the competition by Peter Holman, a member of the judging panel.

The tour was led by town councillor Kellie Hinton, who is vice-chairwoman of the Henley in Bloom committee, and Gareth Bartle, Henley park services manager.

It included Market Place, a river tour of the Thames and the Gainsborough Estate.

Other towns involved in the competition included Genk in Belgium and Merano in Italy.

The result is the second of three competitions that Henley in Bloom has entered this year with the result of the national Britain in Bloom contest announced on October 16.

For a full report see next week?s Henley Standard.

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