Monday, 15 August 2022

Makeover for floral displays

FLORAL planters could be placed on the railings overlooking the river in Red Lion Lawn in Henley.

These would be in a similar style to the flowers outside Rectory House, a private residence in Thames Side.

The move is being considered by Henley Town Council’s Henley in Bloom and civic pride sub-committee in a review of the town’s floral and horticultural displays.

Three 8ft tall containers, which can hold four tiers of flowers and decorative plants, are to be put into store over winter and be returned in the spring planted up.

The committee says this is because the displays sometimes look tired from being exposed to the elements all year round.

The laurel bushes in two roadside beds in Market Place could be replaced with another shrub such as sarcococca (sweet box) and three ginkgo trees could be put in the bed nearest the junction with Hart Street to complement the others in nearby beds.

The two wooden barrel planters outside the town hall entrance are to be moved, possibly to Station Park in Station Road. The five oblong planters outside the town hall will remain.

Several patches of narcissi could be removed from the grass verges in Fair Mile and bluebells or crocuses planted beneath the trees.

Kellie Hinton, chairwoman of Henley in Bloom, said: “This review is going to be a mammoth task. It will probably take a minimum of three years to achieve everything we want but a lot of good things could come out of it.”

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