Landscape firm blasted for competition disaster

English Landscapes blamed for Henley losing out to Marlow in In Bloom competition

Henley Town Council has blamed English Landscapes for losing the Thames & Chilterns section of Britain in Bloom to nearby Marlow. The council is seeking £5,000 compensation from the Berkshire-based landscaping firm after it had to remove 146 hanging baskets. Before judging of the competition began, the flowers had prematurely withered and died. Councillor Elizabeth Hodgkin of Henley Town Council said: “It’s disappointing when you work up to a moment all year and then someone lets you down.” This was the first year in which Henley Town Council had contracted English Landscapes. After the baskets had been removed, the council dismissed the firm. It is refunding shopkeepers the £50 they paid for the baskets. English Landscapes contract manager Jim Nicholson said: “It’s currently going through solicitors, but it’s a bit of an emotive issue.”

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