Wednesday, 28 July 2021

Glorious sunshine for Chelsea Fringe Flotilla

HUNDREDS of people gathered along the River Thames in Henley to see the opening of Chelsea Fringe Henley

HUNDREDS of people gathered along the River Thames in Henley to see the opening of Chelsea Fringe Henley.

A flotilla with more than 20 boats paraded up and down the river decorated with real flowers and plants as part of the alternative gardening festival.

All participants decorated their boats themselves whilst some also wore their own garlands and flowery hats.


The flotilla opened the festival on Saturday (May 16), with events running for three weeks until June 6.

The boats met on Mill Meadows, went up to Eyot Island, then down to Phyllis Court, down and then back up the Regatta course before returning to the moorings on Mill Meadows.


The events in Henley are being co-ordinated by Jane Mcfarlane-Duckworth, a florist from Hambleden, and Victoria Newton, a gardener of Stoke Row Road, Peppard Common are organising the festival.

Mrs Newton, who set-up the flotilla, said: "It was absolutely brilliant nothing went wrong, the weather was brilliant and I was blown over by the number of people who were there.

"We were helped by the weather but I am hoping the word got out about Chelsea Fringe.

"I was speaking to Gareth Bartle from park services and he said it's great to have people using the space and it really worked well. I was more than happy with the result."

Chelsea Fringe is an international, alternative gardening festival that is taking place across the UK and Europe as well as in Japan and Australia.

For more see this week's Henley Standard.


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