The lucky winners of the Great Big Green Week family bee treasure hunt have been drawn with the winners receiving super prizes donated by the Willow Basket, Gail’s Bakery, Asquiths Teddy Bear Shop, Costa Coffee and the River and Rowing Museum.
The winners were Elizabeth Hazeldine, Beatrice Friend, Elisabeth Micuta, Sarah Kettell, Sarah Kleinpeter and the family Wiktorczyk who spotted 23 bees in shop windows around the town. The handmade bees were kindly knitted by Henley WI for families to find. For each bee found, you then collected a token from the shop and when you had collected 15 tokens you could them swap them for some wildflower seeds as well as your name going into a prize draw.
Diana Barnett from Greener Henley who organised the treasure hunt said, “We asked shops to think about their sustainability – the products they sell, the goods they use, their impact on the climate and nature. Greener Henley are grateful to the staff at the Henley Town Council Information Centre for their help in the token exchange and collecting names. 48 local shops participated including some of our national chain shops for the first time, proving that more of our businesses are serious about the role they play in helping mitigate the climate and nature crises. This was the third year of running a shop window hunt – a good chance for shops to show off their wares and services as well as for ‘hunters’ to see how well served we are by our local retailers who keep the town interesting and vibrant. Thank you to you all.”
Shall they do it again next year? They don’t know, but if you are interested in helping organise similar activities for Great Big Green Weeks in the future – please get in touch at https://greenerhenley.org.uk .