Saturday, 20 October 2018

In bloom train set to depart

ONE of Henley?s best-known floral attractions could be rehomed.

ONE of Henley?s best-known floral attractions could be rehomed.

The floral engine, which was last displayed at Station Park in 2014 as part of Henley in Bloom, is now in storage.

Gareth Bartle, the town council?s park services manager, said that Lady McAlpine had expressed an interest in having it at her home in Fawley Hill where her husband William McAlpine has a railway station and track in the grounds.

Councillor Simon Smith, chairman of Henley in Bloom, suggested asking railway company GWR, formerly First Great Western, if it wanted to display it at Henley station.

Councillor Kellie Hinton, vice-chairwoman, said if this offer wasn?t taken up then to ask Lady McAlpine what she wanted to do with the train.

She said the feedback from judging of previous Royal Horticultural Society competitions had recommended not stopping at the engine.

Cllr Hinton continued: ?It costs over £1,000 a year to plant. The Gardening Buddies plant lots of beds but this is especially difficult and in previous years it has not lasted.

?People do have their photo taken with it but others say it looks shoddy and we?re better off not having it at all.?

Meanwhile, Cllr Smith suggested entering Henley in a competition run by Sainsbury?s with a prize of £1million for the best town for recycling, cleaning and planting trees.

Cllr Smith, who works at the supermarket chain?s Bell Street branch, said details of the contest had only been revealed to staff.

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