Sunday, 01 August 2021

Judges in town for Bloom title bids

HENLEY will be judged in the finals of two competitions this week

HENLEY will be judged in the finals of two competitions this week.

Two Thames and Chilterns regional judges, Peter Thompson and Anne Kempson, visited the town today (Thursday) along with trainee judge Mark Almond.

A group of 10 judges from across Europe will then determine Henley?s fate in the Entente Florale European competition on Sunday.

Both tours include the town hall, Fair Mile Vineyard, Greencroft allotments, Badgemore School, the newly designed Reading Road roundabout, Mill and Marsh Meadows and the Gainsborough Estate. The judges will also have a river trip supplied by Hobbs of Henley.

Town councillor Kellie Hinton gave the tour yesterday and will give a presentation to the European judges on Sunday.

She said: ?We always like to take the judges to a school. We hadn?t had much interaction with Badgemore but we went to meet one of their governors, Tuc Ahmad.

?He was fantastic with the school?s ethos and how they wanted to improve and develop. I also think it has the best views of anywhere in Henley. We?re very proud to have that school in our town and we wanted to showcase it.

?Greencroft allotments gives us a chance to show off some community gardening and the Gainsborough estate shows what we want to create more of in Henley, how we have worked with them and what it has grown into.?

Volunteer gardening group the Gardening Buddies, and the council?s Park Services have been helping to prepare the town.

Last week, they groomed and replanted parts of the twinning, rotary and sensory gardens at Mill Meadows.

Cllr Hinton added: ?We have really embraced the greener streets better lives principle with the projects we have done such as the Henley Standard-backed hanging baskets campaign.?

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