Many people will be wondering what is happening with the flowerbeds in Wharfemeadows Park. We want to reassure everyone that flowers will soon be appearing in the 4 large beds nearest to Bridge Avenue.
Otley in Bloom, Wildlife Friendly Otley and Otley 2030 are working together, supported by local councillors and with agreement from Leeds City Council.
A planting plan has been drawn up and plants ordered from Leeds Parks and Countryside department several weeks ago. The beds will be planted up with flowering perennials which support wildlife, encourage bees, butterflies and improve biodiversity.
We hope that by the end of the summer the beds will be full of life and colour. These beds will then be maintained by the community groups rather than by Leeds City Council.
We are pleased to have been able to come to an agreement which has saved these beds from being grassed over. Which also delivers much better planting for sustaining pollinating insects than the annual bedding plants normally seen in these beds.
When the perennials die back in the autumn we will be doing a further planting of spring bulbs to extend the flowering season.
We know that some people, particularly those living near the park will be keen to get involved in the planting of these beds and in helping to keep them looking good in the future and we would be delighted to have you join us. We are now simply waiting for a delivery date for the plants from Parks and Countryside.
As we progress we will add more photos showing the developments of the beds.
Day one was lovely after some rain overnight and the garden soil had been well prepared. Roughly 850 plants turned up from Leeds Parks and we added to this stock from our own gardens and allotment. A strong team worked for four hours on the first two beds. We left it watered thanks to Parks letting us use their hose and hopefully we might get a bit more rain tonight.
Day 2 was a little cooler but by now we had learnt how to get this massive task completed and some more volunteers turned up. It felt a little sad leaving the beds after watering the plants in as we were not sure about the weather. Luckily the BBC were right and we had a series of night time rainfalls over the next few days. Over to nature…