Henley Town Council will be opening their kiosk at Leichlingen Pavilion (hexagonal building) at Mill Meadows on (tomorrow) Good Friday for the start of the summer season.
Visitors to the Meadows will be able to collect a free ribbon from the kiosk to tie on to the branch of the Wishing Tree which is located at the Marsh Lock end of Marsh Meadows by the Healing Glade.
The Wishing Tree idea was proposed by local resident Val Stoner and was adopted last September. Val said, “This is an ancient tradition and there are sacred wishing trees all over the world. Our special tree is a Sycamore which is part of the Maple family. Delicious maple syrup come from its bark and wine is also made from it. It is said that the sweet syrup helps with lung complaints and is also said to ease the pain of measles. The syrup also has healing qualities for cuts and grazes, it speeds up the healing as we found out, when my husband manage to make a gash in three of his fingers, whilst chopping some vegetables. The speed with which they healed was miraculous. Don’t forget to look at the tree just before the wishing tree, which has several little fairy doors attached to it. The children love them.”
The kiosk also sells merchandise, duck food and fun things for the children to do. The putting green next to the toddler playground will be opening too and bookings can be made at the kiosk along with the hire of clubs and balls.
There are maps available too showing nature walks around Mill and Marsh Meadows showing the wildlife that you might encounter.
The kiosk core hours will be from 11am – 5pm during Oxfordshire School Holidays and weekends until Sept/October. In extreme weather the Kiosk will be closed and on good days it will stay open until 6pm.