Pupils to grow vegetables for Britain in Bloom entry
CHILDREN from six schools in Henley will plant vegetable seeds in a bid to boost the town’s chances of winning
CHILDREN from six schools in Henley will plant vegetable seeds in a bid to boost the town’s chances of winning Britain in Bloom.
Toad Hall garden centre in Marlow Road has donated about 60 packets of seeds, including runner beans, tomatoes and onions, to Henley in Bloom.
Rupert House School, St Mary’s School and Trinity, Valley Road, Badgemore and Sacred Heart primaries will also receive seed potatoes and compost from the committee.
Councillor Kellie Gehrmann, who chairs Henley in Bloom, said: “We wanted to launch schools in bloom this year and we might have a weigh-in at the end to make it into a bit of a competition.
“Some of the schools have their own gardening clubs and grow vegetables already but they are all keen to do more. These vegetables are all easy to grow so we are just hoping for good weather.” Other new initiatives include renting planters for the Northfield End traffic island and launching a Henley in Bloom page on Twitter.
A flower bed in Mill Meadows will commemorate the town’s three twinning associations. Town shields for Falaise, Leichlingen and Bled will be among the display in the bed between the toddlers’ playground and the Rotary beds. The circular flower beds will be used to celebrate Henley winning gold in the Thames and Chilterns in Bloom competition last year.
Flowers in the town’s colours of yellow and blue will be planted but plans for the centrepiece are being kept secret for now. Plants and shrubs will be added to West Street and it is hoped to have hanging baskets or other floral decorations at the station as some of the judges might arrive by train.
The committee is aiming to encourage 100 businesses to sign up to its Windowflowers hanging baskets scheme, which runs from the end of May to October.
Henley mayor Elizabeth Hodgkin said: “In our heyday we had 150 around the town and although we know that’s not going to happen now we want shops to do their bit. The baskets are colourful and people love it — we get so many comments.”
The plant swap or sale and plants on the move competition will be held on the same date, May 25.
Henley will compete against Windermere, Oakham, the City of London, Freckleton, Morpeth, Blairgowrie, Rattray, Newquay and Garforth in the national competition, which has an “incredible edibles” theme.
Henley in Bloom’s next event is the annual HiT litter campaign on April 20. Volunteers are asked to meet at the town hall at 10am.
Cllr Gehrmann said: “People can come along for an hour or two or whatever they can give — whether they can help clean a street or half a street. They don’t need to bring anything, just themselves.”
Volunteers are also needed for the Henley in Bloom gardening buddies and other projects.
Cllr Gehrmann said: “It’s a case of helping out with what you’re interested in. If you like getting your hands dirty, become a gardening buddy and if you’d rather not do that then there are plenty of other jobs.
“Winning would be really special, not only to the Henley in Bloom committee but to our sponsors, community groups and the residents.This brings people together and it makes the town look nice.”
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