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Growing civic pride in Otley

Birdbox Clean up

Posted by billa on February 21, 2019

We've been out cleaning and replacing our bird boxes, removing damaged ones and adding a few more. The great news is that every box had a nest in it. We have started using this new style with a metal sheet around the hole to prevent predation and a hinged lid so you can get inside them easily to clean them.  Who wants to raise their young in a dirty nest?

Your job for the week is to clean out any bird boxes in your garden ready for the new season, removing old nests and giving them a wash prevents the build-up of pests and diseases.


Otley Graffiti clean up

Posted by billa on January 07, 2019

When Otley was targetted by vandals just after Christmas, the town centre and the area to the west inside the bypass was blighted with their 70+ items of scrawl. One or two companies jumped into solving their own problem straight away but that still left an awful lot to do. Katie at Otley-in-Bloom called for an impromptu OIB clean up and tried to contact as many owners of buildings and equipment as possible to combine our activities.



As a result, on Sunday, some 25+ people, from various organisations including the Police and Otley Chamber of Commerce met by the Buttercross to be marshalled and supplied with cleaning equipment by OIB. The results were startling, with damaged black walls being painted black, electrical street boxes getting clean and even some graffiti on stone was worked on.


You can read more about the Police's response to these activities but basically, an individual has been found in York and Police actions continue.



Have we managed to get it all? No, but we hit the vast majority of items.  Some of it was on brick or stone which we might have damaged by our cleaning and some were on private land that we could not get access to.

Why were some private areas not worked on? We tried to contact the owners of a property before working on it. If we could not contact them we did not feel we should do the work. We think we found most of the sites but may have missed some and we only had so many resources.

Have the idiots been caught? The police tell us that they have found an individual in York.


What should I do if I see more graffiti? You can report graffiti to the owner of the property. Leeds council also cleans their own property if you report it and they also offer advice on removal if you want to have-a-go yourself.  If you want to report graffiti to the more obvious "public space" organisations then look at this table Contact_List.pdf


Christmas Tree Festival

Posted by sstanwell on December 10, 2018


We spent a happy evening making decorations for our tree which will be in the Christmas Tree Festival soon.  This is what we made, with some mulled wine to help us along.


And here's the finished result, with some of the makers.  Come and see our tree along with all the others at the Parish Church Christmas Tree Festival, 12th-15th December.


Otley in Bloom gets everywhere

Posted by sstanwell on December 10, 2018


This little area partway along Birdcage Walk is now looking spic and span and has a few new plants to brighten it up. Thanks Penny and Anni for suffering the rain and spray from passing motorists to do this.

Clean-up at Kell Beck

Posted by sstanwell on November 23, 2018


This is just some of the rubbish we found in and around Kell Beck last weekend. A few Otley in Bloom volunteers, along with some local residents, spent a couple of hours dragging a miscellany of items out of the beck and picking up litter in the area.



When we’d done that, we planted a few daffodils, which we hope will brighten the area up in Spring.


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.