Saturday, 31 July 2021

Henley ablaze with colour this summer

A RECORD 205 hanging baskets will be on show in Henley this summer.

A RECORD 205 hanging baskets will be on show in Henley this summer.

The total smashes last year?s record of 171 as the town bids to win Britain in Bloom?s regional and national contests and the European Entente Florale competition.

The baskets have been bought by shops, businesses, residents and others throughout the town.

Town councillor Kellie Hinton, outgoing chairwoman of Henley in Bloom, said: ?It?s wonderful that all these people want to take part, to celebrate Henley in Bloom and help us try to win.?

The baskets, which are supplied and maintained by Windowflowers of Burnham, are already in place outside many places and should be in full bloom when the judges for the competitions visit next month.

Each basket contains purple and sky blue surfinia petunias, pink and red ivy leaf geraniums, blue scaevola, white bacopa, violet verbena and red begonia dragon wing.

Some of latest orders came from the Row Barge pub in West Street, which bought four baskets, Sacred Heart Church in Vicarage Road, Bunker Opticians in Duke Street and Facy?s clothes shop in Market Place (two), the Red Lion Hotel in Hart Street, Robert Dyas in Bell Street and estate agents Robinson Sherston in Hart Street (one).

Craig Wheeler, manager of Robert Dyas, said: ?We have always had both winter and summer baskets.

?As a retailer in the town we think it?s right to support local projects like Henley in Bloom as best we can.

?I have never had any problems getting support from head office for community projects ? they want us to support our local communities.

?The baskets help the town to look nice for anyone coming in, whether they?re tourists or people coming for the regatta.?

Cath Howie, landlady of the Row Barge, said: ?We order the baskets every year because of their quality and the fact that it supports the community and helps Henley in Bloom. Plus they look amazing outside the pub. It helps the town if all the baskets look the same.?

Karen du Plessis, a negotiator at Robinson Sherston, said: ?We order because we want to be a part of Henley in Bloom. We would look a bit out of place if all the other businesses had a basket and we didn?t. We want to support the local community.?

The Old Henley Brewery ordered baskets for the first time, buying three and brackets to put them on.

Mrs A Walley, of Church Lane, Remenham, has bought two and Deborah Williams, of Friday Street, Henley, ordered three.

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