Thursday, 05 August 2021

Summer hanging basket total equals record

THE record for the number of summer hanging baskets sold by Henley in Bloom has been equalled.

THE record for the number of summer hanging baskets sold by Henley in Bloom has been equalled.

A total of 171 baskets have been bought by shops, businesses and residents and if just one more is sold, it will break the record set last year.

The town is bidding to win Britain in Bloom at the third time of asking as well as entering Thames and Chiltern in Bloom and the Entente Florale European competition, all supported by the Henley Standard?s Growing for Gold Campaign.

This year?s baskets, which will start to go up next week, will contain purple and sky blue surfinia petunias, pink and red ivy leaf geraniums, blue scaevola, white bacopa, violet verbena and red begonia dragon wing.

As in previous years, they are being supplied and maintained by WindowFlowers of Burnham.

Kellie Hinton, the outgoing chairwoman of Henley in Bloom, said: ?Once again the baskets have sold very well.

?I am really looking forward to seeing the record broken within the next week, which will help get the town ready for the competitions this summer.

?Once again I would like to thank everyone for their support of Henley and for helping to make the town full of beautiful blooms throughout the summer.?

The largest single purchase of baskets was made by 19 homeowners in Boathouse Reach who clubbed together to buy 13. Linda Key, a resident who ordered the baskets, said: ?Last year we had some in front of a couple of the houses and they looked lovely so this year I asked more of us to club together.

?The baskets look amazing and it?s great to support Henley and Henley in Bloom.

?Many people walk by our houses along the river and have commented on how lovely the baskets looked last year.?

Jane Loader, office manager for Stonehouse Properties Care in Station Road, ordered two baskets.

She said: ?We had them last year and they proved to be fantastic ? the blooms were lovely.

?We?re in an industrial unit so baskets cheer the place up, both for the visitors and employees who come here every day.

?We?re happy to be involved and we do the Christmas lights as well. The managing director Graham Stone likes to get involved in the community.?

The Bull in Bell Street, a Brakspear pub, has ordered four baskets.

Emma Sweet, marketing manager for Brakspear, said: ?Flowers definitely help soften the front of the building and makes it better to look at.

?A lot of Brakspear pubs take the Henley in Bloom gardening competition very seriously.

?If a pub looks more attractive from the outside, it helps pull people through the door.?

Handlesbanken, a Swedish bank in Tuns Lane, has ordered two baskets.

Spokeswoman Sarah Dean said: ?We have only been here since late last year so it?s the first chance we have had to buy the baskets.

?We want to support the local community and Henley in Bloom. I think it?s important that businesses do that.

?The baskets help to make the town look really welcoming and the flowers bring something extra and refreshing to the town.

?They seem to really last as well and the fact they?re maintained is better than one of us getting on a step ladder to water a basket.?

Jonkers Rare Books in Hart Street has ordered one basket as it has done every year since Henley in Bloom started selling them. Christiaan Jonkers, the founder of the book shop, said: ?It?s good to make a contribution to the community. We want to support the town.?

The Bird in Hand pub in Greys Road has ordered four baskets.

Celia Steward, who has run the pub with her husband Graham for more than 20 years, said the baskets were always of a high standard.

She said: ?WindowFlowers does a great job maintaining them by coming three times a week to water them at the start of the season.

?We have been doing it for 10 years and the baskets always look beautiful. The front of our building can be quite plain and we don?t have a front garden so it helps to brighten it up.?

The baskets cost £61 each, £59.50 for two or more, or £56 for 10 or more. A bracket to hang the basket from costs £24 if one is not already installed. All prices include VAT.

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

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