Monday, 20 September 2021

Appeal for volunteers to plant up floral train display

A TRAIN-SHAPED floral display will return to Henley next week.

A TRAIN-SHAPED floral display will return to Henley next week.

The display, which stood in Station Park in 2006 and 2007 to celebrate 150 years of the Henley railway, is returning to boost the town’s bid to win Britain in Bloom.

The train will be re-painted in the First Great Western livery and again stand in Station Park on the site of the old railway turntable.

The Gardening Buddies have started preparing the train and plan to plant succulents and seeders.

Councillor Elizabeth Hodgkin, a member of the Henley in Bloom committee, said a lot of hard work would be needed to get the train looking its best but she hoped the finished result would impress the competition judges. The train is missing four of its eight wheels so replacements will be made by Ezra Wood while Norman Ingram will re-paint the accompanying sign.

Cllr Hodgkin said: “We started to talk about what we could do for the competition and everybody wanted the train back so I tracked it down.”

She hopes someone might want to make some tracks for the train to rest on and that residents will help with the planting, which will take place from about 9.30am on Tuesday.

“We hope to have some kids and people from various organisations helping,” she said.

The train was brought to Henley from Barnstaple, where it had been used as part of the town’s entry for regional, national and international In Bloom competitions.

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