Saturday, 31 July 2021

Facelift for town entrance roundabout

WORK has begun on revamping a roundabout on an entrance road to Henley

WORK has begun on revamping a roundabout on an entrance road to Henley.

The roundabout near Tesco in Reading Road was dug up and plants removed ahead of a new design by landscape designer Paul Terroni.

Last month, Mr Terroni, 35, from Abingdon, won a competition run by Henley in Bloom to redesign the roundabout, which is sponsored by the Henley Standard. The idea is to show Henley as a ?gateway to a healthy lifestyle? and create a vibrant welcome to the town.

Mr Terroni?s design will feature a wire sculpture of a figure by artist Rachel Ducker surrounded by flower beds of Olympic-style interlocking rings planted in bright colours.

On Monday, the town council?s parks services staff dug up one half of the roundabout, which is 15m in diameter, and removed a wooden boat which had been there since 2005.

Southern Plant and Tool Hire, of Centenary Business Park, Henley, delivered a digger which Mr Terroni will have free use of to clear the rest of the roundabout.

Mr Terroni said: ?I?m excited to get started. It has been a little while in the planning but I?m looking forward to getting my hands dirty and glad we?ve got such good weather for it.?

The new look should be completed in three weeks and the sculpture will be put in place at the end of April. The work will be funded by sponsorship and the roundabout maintained by the park services staff and Henley in Bloom?s Gardening Buddies.

The plants removed this week will be replanted elsewhere.

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