Friday, 23 July 2021

Hanging baskets selling fast

MORE than 100 hanging baskets have already been bought as Henley bids for the third time to win the Britain in Bloom title.

MORE than 100 hanging baskets have already been bought as Henley bids for the third time to win the Britain in Bloom title.

About 50 shops, businesses and residents have ordered the summer flower baskets as Henley in Bloom volunteers attempt to beat last year?s total of 171 with the support of the Henley Standard?s new Growing for Gold campaign.

There is still time to place an order for the baskets, which are once again being supplied by WindowFlowers, of Burnham. The firm will also be providing the flowers for the state opening of Parliament later this month.

Caroline Langler, a member of the Henley in Bloom committee, urged more shops, businesses and residents to join in.

She said: ?I want to target some of the big chains which aren?t normally involved, like Starbucks. I am going to go to them and ask if they want to be involved.?

Mrs Langler and fellow committee member Marisa Francini has been working since mid-April to get orders in early.

Town councillor Kellie Hinton, who chairs Henley in Bloom, said: ?The hanging baskets always look fantastic and I think they get better every year.

?They make a difference to the shop frontages. Some people do not have time to sweep outside or clean the windows so the baskets help make them look better.?

?Last year we had the perfect combination of purple and pink flowers and some baskets grew to a metre in length.?

Miles Watson-Smyth, owner of WindowFlowers, said: ?I am looking forward to making Henley a riot of colour with the hanging baskets.?

The baskets, which will conain seasonal flowers, will strat to go up next month. They cost £61 each, £59.50 for two or more, or £56 for ten or more. A bracket to hang the basket from costs £24. All prices include VAT.

Henley has won gold in the regional competition for the last three years but narrowly missed out on the national title in each of the last two years, being awarded silver gilt.

This year, the town is also Britain?s entrant in the Entente Florale European competition. This will be judged on July 18 and 19, just after the judging for the Thames and Chiltern region of Britain in Bloom.

The judges of the national competition will visit between August 3 and 14.

To order a basket, call Becky Walker at Henley Town Council on (01491) 576982 or email b.walker@henleytowncouncil.gov.uk

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