Friday, 17 September 2021

Henley gets gold!

HENLEY has won its first ever Britain in Bloom gold.

HENLEY has won its first ever Britain in Bloom gold.

The result was announced in Sunderland last night (Friday) at a gala awards ceremony organised by the Royal Horticultural Society.

It marks a bumper year for Henley in Bloom who have also won a gold award in Thames and Chilterns in Bloom and a silver award in the Entente Florale Europe Competition last month.

In 2013 and 2014 the town won silver gilts in the competition.

The awards dinner was attended by town councillor Kellie Hinton, Henley in Bloom administrator Becky Walker, parks services manager Gareth Bartle and senior park warden Karl Bishop.

Cllr Hinton, vice chairwoman of Henley in Bloom, led the tour of the town, along with park service manager Gareth Bartle, when judges Judges Ian Beaney and Brendan Mowforth visited in August.

At the time they commended the town for it?s summer hanging baskets, backed by the Henley Standard?s Growing for Gold Campaign, new projects like the Reading Road roundabout and the ?living wall? on Leichlingen Pavilion.

Cllr Hinton said: ?Henley in Bloom were thrilled to participate in the national finals of Britain in Bloom for the third year running, and to win gold.

?Along with our Entente Florale entry, the town really got involved and it was wonderful to see so many Greener Streets, Better Lives projects do so well across the town."

She added: ?It was wonderful to welcome Ian and Brendan back to Henley, we felt that we were in good hands.?

Henley was one of 70 places to be judged across 13 categories. It won gold in the town category, representing the Thames and Chilterns region.

Falmouth, in Cornwall, was the overall winner in the category.

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