Saturday, 13 August 2022

Town hosts conference for entrants in regional bloom competition

Town hosts conference for entrants in regional bloom competition

A HORTICULTURAL conference was held in Henley.

Dozens of members of Thames and Chilterns in Bloom attended the event at the town hall.

They were welcomed by Henley Mayor Julian Brookes and Thames and Chilterns in Bloom chairman Ted Smith.

They were given presentations about how to improve their scores in the annual Royal Horticultural Society competition. 

The talks covered topics such as social media, parks and green spaces, the value of bloom and how to work with businesses.

Judges and management committee members were available to answer questions.

The event was organised by Henley in Bloom committee administrator Becky Walker and Henley town manager Helen Barnett. Henley Town Council’s park services manager Gareth Bartle, who is a regional judge, advised guests on the parks and green spaces part of judging.

Kellie Hinton, chairwoman of Henley in Bloom and a Thames and Chilterns management committee member, thanked the town council staff for their help.

She added: “It went really well and was really well attended. Our media section of presentations, where I spoke with Helen and Phil Simms, deputy editor of the Henley Standard, was received particularly well.

“It’s always good to share ideas but it’s not just about us telling everyone about us.

“There is always room for growth so it’s really valuable. It’s always good to network with other entrants from the region.”

The event was sponsored by WindowFlowers of Burnham, which provides Henley’s hanging baskets and mini Christmas trees each year.

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