Wednesday, 28 July 2021

Hanging baskets total on course to set new record

THE number of orders for Henley’s summer hanging baskets continues to soar.

THE number of orders for Henley’s summer hanging baskets continues to soar.

Henley in Bloom has received more than 70 in the last week, bringing the total of baskets so far to 164, more than three-quarters of the way to matching the record of 209 set last year.

Shops, businesses and residents can order the baskets, which will be planted with red, white and blue flowers to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday and will start going up at the end of this month and in early June.

The baskets are once again being supplied by WindowFlowers, of Burnham, which will maintain them until the end of September.

Henley Self Storage in Newtown Road has bought nine baskets, the largest order by any business.



Centre manager Darren West said he hoped other businesses on the trading estate would follow suit.

“We want to add a bit of colour,” he said. “It’s quite industrial here so we’re really trying to improve how it looks all-year round.

“We have nine winter baskets as well as the summer baskets. Maybe it will start something.”

The Argyll pub in Market Place will have five hanging baskets.

Landlord Neil Ainsworth said: “We’re always happy to support Henley in Bloom’s initiative by having five summer and five winter hanging baskets.

“The baskets make the town look attractive for residents and people visiting the town. They are a good advertisement for businesses and they get better year on year.”

Dry cleaners Reids of Henley have ordered two baskets and will plant up three tubs outside their premises in Reading Road in the same colour scheme with help from neighbouring florist Bluebells of Henley.

Owner Ian Reid said: “We’re going one step further. It helps the town if we have a uniform look and it helps to keep small independent businesses going with the hanging baskets.”

Waitrose will have three hanging baskets.

Partner co-ordination manager Ellaine Campbell said they helped to brighten up the side of the store which backs on to the King’s Road car park.

“It’s not the most attractive place to look at,” she said. “We’re a big part of the community and Waitrose has the royal warrant so this year we thought we should definitely do this, although I’ve been here for 15 years and we have had them every year.”

Richard Oxley, owner of County Cars in Station Road, will have one basket, just as he has in previous years. “It adds a bit of colour to this end of town,” he said.

Gibbs & Dandy in Reading Road will have four baskets to replace the four they had from WindowFlowers during the winter.

Branch manager Michael Fuller said: “We do it to be part of the community and we want to support Henley in Bloom — plus the baskets look nice. They brighten the place up and are nice to look at. Our customers and directors always point them out when they come.”

Patisserie Franco Belge in Duke Street will have three baskets.

Manager Christine Harris said: “I think businesses should participate because it is good for the town when visitors come. We have the baskets in summer and winter every year. It’s easy because they are watered and WindowFlowers keeps them looking nice.”

The d:two centre in Market Place, home of Henley Baptist Church, will have one basket.

Church administrator Dave Prior said: “It enhances the outside of the building and it fits in with everyone else in the town. It brings some natural colour and that looks good. It’s also cheaper than doing one ourselves and trying to keep it watered.”

Delegate House, off Hart Street, will also have one hanging basket.

Carolyn Molyneux, managing director of office services company Delegate, said: “The basket shows our involvement with Henley in Bloom and our wish to support it. It also makes our building look very cheerful and welcoming to people walking down our alleyway.”

Town councillor Kellie Hinton, vice-chairwoman of Henley in Bloom, thanked all those who have already ordered baskets.

She said: “It’s wonderful to have a jump in sales and it shows the fantastic support of the people of Henley to ensure the town looks wonderful through the summer.”

The baskets will contain petunia surfinia blue vein (white with blue), petunia surfinia (red), pelargonium peltatum ivy leaved geranium (red), lobelia sapphire (blue), scaevola (blue), verbena tapien blue violet (blue) and begonia dragon wing (red).

A basket costs £60, including VAT, which is £1 less than last year. A discount of £20 will be given on orders of 10 or more baskets. Supply and installation of a bracket to hang a basket on costs £22.

Cllr Hinton said: “The feedback we’ve had has been fantastic on what good value for money the baskets are so thank you to WindowFlowers for decreasing the cost.

“It makes a difference and means people who might not have ordered a basket before might do so and people who have had one might want more.”

Order forms are available from the town hall or to order a basket, call Becky Walker at Henley Town Council on (01491) 576982 or email b.walker@henleytowncouncil.gov.uk



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