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Growing civic pride in Otley

Big Bulb Bonanza

Posted by billa on November 09, 2018

Once again Otley in Bloom will be giving away Daffodil bulbs in the market this Saturday 10 November, this year they will be miniature Daffs in celebration of our Silver Gilt win in Yorkshire in Bloom 2018.




Otley wins Silver Gilt

Posted by sstanwell on October 26, 2018

Otley in Bloom are proud to announce we received SILVER GILT in this year's Yorkshire in Bloom competition.  We're very pleased with this result as it was a challenging year with the flowers, with a cold spring and the hot dry summer.  But we are pleased our endeavours working in the community have shone through.  Thank you lovely people of Otley for your continuing support.

Poster competition winners

Posted by sstanwell on July 18, 2018


These artists From The Whartons Year 1 each won a butterfly, bee or ladybird for their poster colouring skills, showing the value of gardening and plants.  Well done everybody!

Timayane Day 2018

Posted by billa on July 10, 2018

June saw Otley in Bloom's 2018 Timayane Day when Prince Henry's students assist the community.  At Otley in Bloom, some 20 students came and planted out many many plants into all the tubs around town.  Thanks to all the help provided "many hands made light work" and the town is prettier for it.



Posted by sstanwell on July 01, 2018


You may have noticed a familiar face or five in the Otley Carnival Parade - just our way of celebrating gardening and maybe raising a smile (and perhaps a bit of cash too).

Great British Clean up Back On

Posted by billa on February 12, 2018

After the Beast-from-the-East took out the original Great British Spring Clean, it's on again

You are invited to ..... the Great British Spring Clean.

We aim to tidy up the town and the countryside in the middle of April.

  • Friday 20th of April.  Meet at the Maypole, Manchester square at 11am until 1 pm with refreshments back at the Core.
  • Saturday 21st of April.  Meet at the cafe in Wharfedale Park Cafe (Wharfemeadows) at 10am until noon.
  • Sunday 22nd of Mach.  Meet in the car park at Gallows Hill nature area at 10am until noon.

Pickers and bags provided, but you may want to bring your own gloves.  Let the council know you are coming so Otley council can supply enough equipment by sending email to Otley Council admin(at)otleytowncouncil.gov.uk or drop into the Core and book your place.

Keep Britain Tidy

Details on Otley website

Where does all our rubbish go?

Posted by billa on January 30, 2018


OIB was interested in where our rubbish goes and visited the Leeds RERF (Recycling and Energy Recovery Facility ) at Cross Green. The RERF takes all the waste from our black wheely bins. The building is based in a heavily industrialised part of Leeds and towers 7 stories above the locality. After the waste is delivered (6 days a week) it is shreaded and they take out the ferrous and non ferrous metals along with a range of plastics letting the remaining mixture of cardboard, paper, waste food, plastic film and companion-animal poo flow into a massive chamber which then is burnt to feed a steam turbine generating enough electricity to power 22,000 homes.


This means that nothing goes to landfill, the waste only sits around for less than a week in the massive chamber so does not generate smells. The output from the chimney is washed to remove the nasties apart from CO2. The building has a massive green wall all down one side which softens the site. It has an interesting mixture of plants including Berberis, Harts tongue fern, common Hazel. There are three planting layer areas with a mix of native, wildlife friendly and ornamental species of shrubs perennials, grasses and bulbs. In total there are 110,000 plants used to create this green wall. Plus the odd bee box, bird nest and yes a gardener with a cherry picker.


The RERF is relatively new and can be visited (see website) and they also offer education support for schools/colleges etc.

Christmas Tree Festival

Posted by billa on November 29, 2017

Please come and see our tree at the Christmas Tree Festival at the Parish Church from 6th to 9th December. There will be 40 trees to see, all set up by local charities and community groups, so bring some coins to support your favourites.  There will be musical performances and the cafe will be open.

For more information see Otley Christmas Tree Festival.



Free daffodils at the Buttercross 10th Nov

Posted by sstanwell on November 09, 2017

We are having a stall under the Buttercross tomorrow, Friday 10th November.  We will be giving away daffodil bulbs to the lovely folk of Otley as a thank you for everyone's efforts contributing to Otley's success in gaining a Silver Gilt Award at the Britain in Bloom Awards.  Please take some and plant them, all we ask in return is that you send us a photo or selfie when they flower. 

We will be there from 10am - 2pm or until stocks run out See you there!

Britain in Bloom; Otley win Silver Gilt

Posted by billa on November 07, 2017

Thanks to the sterling work of the people of Otley we achieved a Silver Gilt award on our first attempt at Britain in Bloom, well done everyone!  You can find the details at Britain in Bloom

Chippendale 300

Posted by sstanwell on October 27, 2017




Vote for us…


We have applied for £1000 funding towards the creation of a carpet bedding flowerbed in Wharfemeadows Park to be part of Otley’s town wide “Chippendale 300” celebrations next year.


Please help us secure this vital funding by voting for us.  You can cast up to 10 votes.  Here’s what to do;

Thankyou  xx



Window Dressing Competition Results

Posted by sstanwell on July 28, 2017

Large Window

1st:   Casa Vitae


2nd:   Patisserie Viennoise

3rd:   Jenni's Dresser

Highly commended:   Picture This

Small Window

1st:   Leafy Couture



2nd equal:   The Donkey Sanctuary

2nd equal:   PDSA

Highly commended:   Flowers by Lynn


Congratulations to all our winners.

Other entries were Harriets and Soft Options in the large window category, and Wharfedale Embroidery and Oxfam in the small window category.