Herbs were very popular at the annual Henley Allotment Association’s plant sale on Saturday in Market Place. Mint in particular was a hit – perhaps for all those Henley residents looking forward to adding it to their Pimms?
As well as herbs, there were flowers, vegetable and fruit plants including the obvious tomato and runner beans plus the more unusual Cayenne Peppers along with a large stock of bundles of rhubarb.
Lewis Every, who has had an allotment at The Greencroft site in Remenham for 40 years said, “It’s been a bad and slow start to the year. We’re at least 4/5 weeks behind because of the cold and wet weather. The Beast from the East definitely caused us problems and we’re on catch-up and we’re on our second sewing. Nothing phases me though apart from flowers which I leave to my wife Elaine who loves her Dahlias and Alliums.”
Greenshoots from the Ways and Means Trust also had a stall selling plants with many of them in natural hairy pots which means there’s no wastage. Greenshoots is the charity’s horticultural therapy unit situated in Rotherfield Peppard which provides rehabilitation and training for adults with recurring mental ill health or with a learning disability. The charity will be be back in Henley hosting a fun dog show at the Trad Boat Festival in July.
For more information about Henley allotments go to www.henleyallotments.com/