Friday, 17 September 2021

Living wall installed by Sprouts

A ?LIVING wall? made of plants has been installed on Leichlingen Pavilion in Mill Meadows, Henley

A ?LIVING wall? made of plants has been installed on Leichlingen Pavilion in Mill Meadows, Henley.

Part of the wall was planted by the Sprouts children?s gardening group and the rest by Alex Bell, of Henley Town Council?s park services team.

It is made up of 275 separate plants including red heuchera, viola odorata, euphorbia, lamium and coreopsis.

The £3,000 wall consists of a series of shelves filled with the plants. It was paid for and built by Stonehouse Property Care in Station Road. The plants were supplied by Toad Hall garden centre in Marlow Road and paid for by the town council.

Town councillor Kelly Hinton, a member of the Henley in Bloom committee, helped members of the Sprouts, including her daughter five-year old daughter Hallie, with the planting.

They were accompanied by police community support officer Claire Hewett, Glen Lambert and his daughter Julia, eight, and town councillor David Eggleton?s daughters, Lily, 10, and Poppy and Daisy, both seven.

Cllr Hinton, who set up the group in March, said: ?Lots of passers-by were stopping and asking what we were doing.

?They were saying what a fantastic idea it was and how it looked a lot better than the plain wall, even though we hadn?t finished it.

?This is exactly the kind of thing Sprouts was set up to do and it allowed the children to practise their gardening skills in a safe environment. I want to thank Stonehouse Property Care who came to Henley in Bloom last year wanting to be involved. They installed and paid for the materials.?

Mr Bell, 38, took a day to put in the rest of the plants. He said: ?The wall is made up of plants that are resistant to drought.

?I tried to make sure they?re interspersed with lots of colour ? greens mixed in with reds from the heuchera, pinks from the lamium and yellows from the coreopsis.

?Within two weeks, when the plants have bedded in, it should look a lot better.

?I?ve been doing a course on horticulture and, to be honest, it?s a pleasure to do something like this.?

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