Tuesday, 21 September 2021

Information board tells story behind flowers

A NEW information board has been unveiled to explain the significance of the design of the two raised flower beds in Mill Meadows, Henley.

Henley in Bloom’s Gardening Buddies have planted the beds with 4,000 marigolds in the shape of flowers to mark 50 years of Keep Britain Tidy.

The campaign was launched in 1954 by Lady Brunner, who lived at Greys Court until her death in 2003. Her son Barn was at the unveiling of the information board. Mr Brunner, 82, who lives in London, said he hadn’t been to Henley since he was a child.

“It is wonderful to come back and see the scene so peaceful and the birds living so happily,” he said. “The buddies have made a great public place for everybody to enjoy, old and young, and that’s very welcome.”

Lady Brunner, who was chairwoman of the Women’s Institute from 1951 to 1956, was awarded an OBE for her work with the Keep Britain Tidy group in 1964.

Elizabeth Hodgkin, who runs the buddies, said: “She must have been a pretty remarkable woman and her history is so interesting. This is an opportunity for people to get to know more about her because she did so much for the area.”

The orange and yellow marigolds were chosen to represent the style of planting used in the Fifties and Sixties.

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