Saturday, 31 July 2021

Clean-up for the judges

THE people of Henley are being urged to clean up outside their homes in time for

THE people of Henley are being urged to clean up outside their homes in time for the judging of the Entente Florale Europe competition.

The town is representing Britain in the contest after being put forward by Britain in Bloom lead judge Peter Holman.

The 10 judges will visit on July 19 and be taken on a tour between 9am and 4pm with an hour’s break for lunch.

The town will be critiqued on environmentally sensitive development, community initiatives and the “greening” of public spaces.

Henley in Bloom is asking anyone who lives on the judges’ route to clean the pavements, pick up any litter and tidy their gardens.

Councillor Simon Smith, chairman of Henley in Bloom, said: “If you live on the route, we would be very grateful if you would keep your garden looking beautiful and clear up any litter in the roadway and hedges close to your home.

“If we all do a little, it would make such a difference. Our aim is to win gold and, with your help, we will.”

Residents and businesses are also being asked to display Entente Florale welcome cards on judging day. These can be collected from the tourist information centre at the town hall.

In the evening the judges will be guests of honour at a dinner at Luscombe’s pop-up restaurant at the Thames Traditional Boat Festival in Fawley Meadows.

Henley is last town of the 10 towns across Europe that the judges will visit, so they will stay overnight and use the town hall on July 20 to carry out their final deliberations before they leave.

The judges’ route will be as follows: Market Place, Hart Street, New Street, Red Lion Lawn, Mill and Marsh Meadows, Station Road, Reading Road, St Mark’s Road, Green Lane, the entrance to the Gainsborough estate, Greys Road, The Close, Greys Road car park, Gravel Hill, West Street, King’s Road, Northfield End, Fair Mile, Northfield End, New Street, Thames Siide, Henley Bridge, Greencroft allotments, possibly Thames Side South, Station Road, Reading Road, and Duke Street.

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