Monday, 20 September 2021

Campaign to be featured on TV show

THE Henley Standard’s Buy a Basket campaign is to be featured on the One Show.

THE Henley Standard’s Buy a Basket campaign is to be featured on the One Show.

Producers from the BBC show will visit Henley on June 27 to film a segment about hanging baskets, presented by Christine Walkden.

There will be interviews with a representative from Henley in Bloom as well as residents and businesses who have bought hanging baskets or created their own.

Kellie Hinton, who chairs Henley in Bloom, said: “It is very nice to be recognised and featured in the national media. We are very grateful to the Henley Standard because without the paper there would be no campaign.

“We are very, very happy and pleased because national recognition can only be good for the campaign and the town.”

Meanwhile, the campaign has exceeded its record-breaking target. Seven more hanging baskets have been bought by businesses and residents in the past week, bringing the overall total to 157.

The campaign was launched in April to beat the 2005 record of 146 hanging baskets and boost Henley’s chances of becoming Britain in Bloom champion.

Henley is competing for the title for the first time after winning gold in the town category for the Thames Valley and Chilterns region in last year’s competition.

Marisa Francini, a member of the Henley in Bloom group which has co-ordinated the basket sales, said: “On behalf of the Henley in Bloom committee, I would like to thank the retailers, businesses and private individuals who have found the money to support our campaign to help the town win the national Britain in Bloom best town award.

“It’s been blooming marvellous, with the highest ever number of baskets ordered. We hope to see a few more orders coming in — there is still five weeks before the judging takes place.”

Jessica Hayes, who was committee clerk at the town council when the former record of 146 baskets was set, congratulated those involved.

She said: “I am really pleased that Henley in Bloom has reached the target and gone beyond it. It is really great that the community has pulled together and residents have had the opportunity to play their part as well.

“It is important to get everyone involved to encourage community spirit and really show off the town to visitors and residents.”

Windowflowers began installing the summer hanging baskets last week and they should all be in place by the end of this week.

They include purple surfinia, begonia, blue lobelia, red ivy leaf geranium and a central blue salvia as well as golden bidens to celebrate last year’s success in the regional competition. Mandy Fullwell, manager of Lloyds in Reading Road, has bought one basket. “We support the scheme every year, we were just running a bit late,” she said. “It’s is a good cause.”

David Tate, joint managing director of Davis Tate in Bell Street, has ordered one basket. He said: “It is initiatives like this that assist in making the town more welcoming to visitors.”

Sue Wright, from Harpsden, bought one basket for the town and said: “We come into the town a lot and we like it to look good. It would be really great if even more people came forward.”

The Henley Festival, has also bought a basket.

Jo Bausor, head of marketing, said: “We are delighted to support any initiative that brings publicity to Henley and makes the town look prettier.”

A spokesman for Joules in Market Place, which has also bought a basket, said: “Joules is delighted to support such a colourful local event in an already picturesque part of the country.”

Simon Wilson, owner of Bunker Opticians, has bought two baskets.

Joan Bland, who runs Asquiths in New Street, is unable to have a Windowflowers hanging basket due to her Grade-II listed premises so she has put up a smaller hanging basket of fuschias and geraniums as an alternative and placed her usual box trees in larger planters surrounded by geraniums.

She said: “Britain in Bloom is a good thing because it helps make the town look even nicer.”

Windowflowers windowboxes have been placed outside Scott Investment Partners in Thames Side.

GARDENING Buddies Caroline Langler and Viv Greenwood have planted flowers inside tyres outside National Tyres and Autocare in Reading Road.

Last year, the garage donated four tyres to Henley in Bloom and the two women planted flowers in them.

This year, the garage has donated four larger tyres and the original ones have been placed on top of the feature to be more visible.

The women planted them with antirrhinums, petunias and marigolds.

Mrs Langler said: “Before the tyres were here there was a very long, bare expanse of road. I think these make the road much more inviting, welcoming and cheerful.”

Tony Stevens, manager of the Jet petrol station next door, has donated three planters to be placed between his pumps.

He said: “I think it is a very good idea to brighten up Henley, especially this end as it is often neglected.”

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