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Henley in Bloom

Who we are and what we do

Henley in Bloom is a sub-committee of the Henley-on-Thames Town Council’s Recreation and Amenities Committee. Our budget is mainly funded by sponsorship but for the previous two years we received extra funding from the Town Council to help cover the additional costs associated with entering the National Britain in Bloom competition. Our committee is made up of Town Councillors, Gardening Buddies and representatives of other community groups such as the Allotments Association.

We work alongside many community groups, including Henley in Transition and Henley Wildlife Group, to help maintain a beautiful and sustainable town and create new events and features for residents and tourists to enjoy for years to come. From working with local schools and businesses to holding competitions and community planting schemes, our work covers the whole town and is inclusive to anyone with an interest in keeping Henley clean, welcoming and attractive.

Henley in Bloom 2016

The RHS Britain in Bloom theme this year is ‘Greening Grey Britain’ and Henley in Bloom are taking that on board. You will notice our displays all over town. From our green wall at Mill Meadows around the corner from our Queen Elizabeth birthday celebration beds to our new Gardening Buddies bed and the fantastically establishing roundabout on Reading Road. We are trying to make Henley less grey and more green. As a committee we are tackling the town’s grot-spots, but we need help. We need people to take pride in their street scene and do what they can, like these residents in Wyndale Close in the town centre. We would love to hear more about resident’s ideas and help them achieve their goals. We would like residents to come to us with their ideas of what we should be doing to ‘green Henley.’ We were so impressed with Joseph and Rhian Nicholson’s green roof when they showed us but we didn’t expect it to become Henley in Bloom’s most viewed and shared tweet ever! Henley needs more of these initiatives, particularly as we face issues with air quality.

If you have an idea please let us know by emailing bloom@henleytowncouncil.gov.uk or following us on Twitter @HenleyinBloom

For a copy of the Henley in Bloom Portfolio for 2016 please click here.

Judging for Henley in Bloom took place on Thursday 14th July 2016.

Henley in Bloom 2015

Henley is proud to win Gold in the Britain in Bloom 'Town' Category

Henley has many years of success with the Royal Horticultural Society’s Britain in Bloom competition.

The year 2015 is going to be very special for the town as we are representing the United Kingdom in the European Entente Florale.  Henley in Bloom will lead the town’s entry into the competition, drawing on the many successful events, businesses, community groups, tourism hotspots and the great sense of civic pride that showcase our beautiful town.  There was great success in 2014 & 13 with the Regional and National events, bringing the whole community together and we are excited about what the following year will bring, particularly as Henley is the only place to ever be in the regional, national and international competitions at the same time.

Whatever time of the year you visit you will find something floral to admire.  Visiting in the spring you will notice the large numbers of baskets filled with pansies in the town colours, the daffodils on the Fair Mile, the 27,000 crocus planted throughout the town together with tete a tete daffodils and bright red tulips.  You can visit residential areas and see the pride our residents have in their gardens, see our wildlife ‘motorway’ on the Greys Road verge. This year the Reading Road Roundabout has been renovated and will be completed in late April by competition winner Paul Terroni of PLT Design featuring a sculpture by Oxford artist Rachel Ducker.

In summer time our town baskets are hard to miss as they burst with colour throughout the town. Independent shops stand out in Henley as keen Henley in Bloom supporters by buying in to our basket campaign and keeping their shop fronts clean and tidy. Mill Meadows holds a number of joys from our Celebration Beds next to the river, to the Wildlife area in Marsh Meadows. There is something for everyone.

During May and June (starting May 16th) for three weeks Henley in Bloom will be welcoming the Chelsea Fringe to the town starting with a Floral Flotilla on the Thames. Don’t forget our annual Plant Sale & Swap ‘Swop’ with the Allotment Association on May 30th this year. Bring along your own plants to swap or try some of the ever popular and fast selling rhubarb!

Henley in Bloom is also proud to promote our award winning Pub of the Year, the Three Horseshoes in Reading Road and the Restaurant of the Year, the Spice Merchant on Thameside.

To download a copy of our order form for summer and winter hanging baskets for 2015 please click here.

To keep up with important events and to find out more information follow us on Twitter @HenleyinBloom

Past achievements

Henley in Bloom has entered the Regional Thames and Chilterns in Bloom competition for the previous decade, with great success. In 2012, we were thrilled to win a Gold Award and receive high commendation for Business Involvement, which led to Henley being entered into the 2013 national competition. In 2013, we received a second Gold Award in the Regional and Silver Gilt in the National Competitions. We are currently entered into the Britain in Bloom finals for the second year in a row.  Some favourite floral features of the town are the Reading Road Roundabout, the Celebration Beds at Mill Meadows, the Floral Train at Station Park, the Wishing Well Garden on Reading Road and the Edible Garden at Henley Fire Station, as well as the many planters and flowerbeds. These are organised by Henley in Bloom and maintained by the Parks Service, Windowflowers, Toad Hall Garden Centre and Gardening Buddies.

What’s happening in 2014?

Henley in Bloom will continue to maintain previous projects while starting new projects around Henley.
The committee is involved in new initiatives such as a Schools Fund for gardening projects, commissioning a new beer by Henley brewers Brakspears to celebrate 50 years of Britain in Bloom, a living wall (vertical garden) at Mill Meadows, a community planting scheme with a new community flowerbed, the refurbishment of the Reading Road Roundabout, the adoption of a red telephone box from BT, and a joint campaign with the Henley Standard to encourage people to display hanging baskets outside their businesses and homes. We also run an annual Gardens of Henley competition, where front, back and community gardens are recognised and awarded prizes.  On 24th May we will also be holding our well-known Plant/Seed Sale and Swap in Market Place. The annual competitions will be judged in July; the themes this year are 50 years of ‘In Bloom’ and sustainability.

How you can get involved

• Enter our competitions.
• Purchase a hanging basket, or donate and we can hang a basket in your name.
• Request to join the Henley in Bloom committee or attend our meetings.
• Join the Gardening Buddies mailing list and attend when available.
• Donate to the Henley in Bloom funds for community projects.
• Sponsor one of our planters or flowerbeds.
• Suggest or participate in a community project.

Henley in Bloom Sponsors and Supporters

Our main sponsors are Toad Hall Garden Centre, Higgs Group, Henley Standard, Southern Plant & Tool Hire, Manning UK, Chiltern House Business Centre, Delegate Office and Business Services, Davis Tate, First Great Western, Hotel du Vin, Bridge Care Homes, St Mary’s Preparatory School and Nursery and Brakspear Brewery.  All these organisations have been involved in helping us create an environment in Henley to be proud of.

For more information about becoming a sponsor contact Councillor Miss K Hinton (kellie.hinton@outlook.com or 07527 826 706) or by emailing enquiries@henleytowncouncil.gov.uk

Committee members

Chair: Councillor Simon Smith
Vice Chair: Councillor Kellie Hinton
Henley Town Councillors: The Mayor, Councillor Lorraine Hillier and Councillors David Eggleton

Henley in Transition and Best Garden Competitions and Hanging Baskets: Mrs Caroline Langler
It’s Your Neighbourhood: Councillor David Eggleton
Schools Liaison - Miss Katie Kobik
Henley Standard - Phill Simms
Henley Herald - Michaela Clarke

For further information contact the Committee Administrator, Becky Walker, Tel: 01491 630076
Email:  b.walker@henleytowncouncil.gov.uk