Saturday, 31 July 2021

Henley in Bloom pipped at the post

HENLEY has missed out on a gold award at the national Britain in Bloom awards for the second year running.

The town received a silver gilt award at the Royal Horticultural Society ceremony in Bristol last night (Thursday).

Last year, Henley was two points away from the top prize, scoring 168 out of a possible 200, and hoped this would be the year they won the gold.

Speaking before the event, town councillor Kellie Hinton, who chairs the Henley in Bloom committee, said: “We are thrilled to be part of the national finals for the second year running.”

The ceremony was hosted by garden designer Adam Frost.

Henley, which represented the Thames and Chilterns region, was one of 71 finalists out of more than 3,900 bloom groups across Britain.

Judges Jeff Bates and Ian Beaney, who visited the town in July, said: “The floral impact of the bloom campaign in Henley cannot be overstated, with the whole route showing colour and vibrancy throughout.”

They praised the group’s “innovative” partnership with Brakspear to produce new ale Blooming Marvellous, which raised £800 for bloom funds.

See the Henley Standard next Friday for a full report.

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