Yesterday in the sunshine the town welcomed back Britain in Bloom judges, Ian Beaney and Brendan Mowforth for the Britain jn Bloom National judging tour. Ian was a judge last year and Brendan came two years to judge Henley in the national competition.
Preparations begain early at 6am with the pavements in town being pressure washed, the Garden Buddies were out at Mill Meadows tidying up the flower beds and the Park Services team were out at locations around the town where the judges were being taken.
The tour took a similar route to the Regional judging a couple of weeks ago and started at the Bull on Bell Street where the Brakspear Blooming Marvellous beer was brewed. Other highlights included a river trip on ‘Midsomer Maiden’ owned by Henley Sales and Charter and skippered by Gillain Nahun, the new ‘green wall’ at Mill Meadows, the new roundabout on Reading Road, the Gainsborough estate and the Fairmile Vineyard.
This is third year that Henley has been nominated to compete at National level and the Henley in Bloom committee are hoping for a gold award this year after two silver gilt awards. This will be the last year Henley can be nominated before a break.
Vice Chair of the Henley in Bloom, Councillor Kellie Hinton led the tour yesterday and said, “The tour went really well and although we were nervous, it was more relaxed than previous judging as Ian and Brendan had been before and we could show them both what we’ve improved and adapted on their advice and feedback.”
We will know the outcome of whether we have won gold at the award’s ceremony on 16 October in Sunderland.