Saturday, 31 July 2021

Britain in Bloom judges set to return

TWO judges from Britain in Bloom will visit Henley on Wednesday.

TWO judges from Britain in Bloom will visit Henley on Wednesday.

Brendan Mowforth and Ian Beaney, from the Royal Horticultural Society, will be taken on a two-and-a-half hour tour of the town by town councillor Kellie Hinton, former chairwoman of Henley in Bloom, and parks manager Gareth Bartle.

This will be the last time Henley can enter the competition for at least two years as Britain in Bloom requires entrants to take a break from participating after three consecutive entries.

For the last two years Henley has received silver gilt in the competition.

With judging taking place on rubbish collection day, Cllr Hinton urged residents and businesses to take extra care when putting out their waste on Tuesday evening or Wednesday morning.

She said: ?Hopefully we will have had it collected before judging but we still want people to put bins out neatly to stop food waste going on the pavements or smearing when it?s taken away.

?We would prefer for judging to not be on bin day but we have to do the day we?ve been allocated. We?re really excited because it?s our third year. We have met both the judges before and hopefully they will notice the improvements that have been made.?

The tour will start with a presentation to introduce the town and the work Henley in Bloom does in the community.

The judges will then be taken through Market Place, showing the Victorian street furniture, flowerbeds and the town hall.

Next they will go through Hart Street and be shown evidence of the 205 sponsored hanging baskets, supported by the Henley Standard?s Growing for Gold campaign.

The group will then take a boat trip to see the regatta course, provided by Gillian Nahum of Henley Sales and Charter, after visiting New Street, Thames Side and Red Lion Lawn. They will disembark the boat at Mill and Marsh Meadows and be shown various amenities including the River and Rowing Museum, the wildlife area, the ?green wall?, the elebration beds and sensory garden.

They will then visit the Reading Road roundabout featuring Paul Terroni?s ?healthy Henley? design and Rachel Ducker?s leaping woman statue.

Other stops include the Gainsborough estate, Fair Mile vineyard and Greencroft allotments.

Badgemore School will be included in the tour in the one change from the regional judging that took place last month.

This will be the third judging the town has undergone in four weeks after visitors from adjudicators from the Thames and Chilterns in Bloom and Entente Florale Europe competition.

The results of Entente Florale and the regional In Bloom competition will be announced in September and the national ones in October.

Henley has win gold in the regional In Bloom competition for the last three years.

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