Friday, 30 July 2021

Henley gardeners rewarded for hard work

THE owners of Henley's finest gardens were honoured at the annual Henley in Bloom awards last night (Wednesday)

THE owners of Henley's finest gardens were honoured at the annual Henley in Bloom awards last night (Wednesday).

The overall winner was Martin Curtis for his work at Bowling Court, off Fair Mile.

Mr Curtis, who lives in Cholsey but is the gardener for the communal areas at Bowling Court, attended the ceremony with residents Ida Meijel, June Grindley and Dorothy Williams.

The area also won a gold award in the community garden section and the themed category, which this year was called "cleaner and greener".

The Elizabeth Hodgkin award, for dedication to Henley in Bloom and the wider community, was won by Caroline Langler, a Henley in Bloom committee member.

Simon Smith, chairman of the Henley in Bloom committee, led the ceremony at Henley town hall, which was attended by about 40 people.

The event is jointly hosted by the bloom group and Henley Allotments Association.

The awards were presented by sponsors including Neil Ratcliffe, managing director of Higgs' Group, publishers of the Henley Standard, and Aaron Dunningham and Murray Gale, of Southern Plant, as well as Shiplake singer Vince Hill.

Dave Chilvers, of the allotments association, presented all the allotment awards with Henley Mayor Lorraine Hillier.

For a full round-up of results and pictures see next week's Henley Standard.

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