Otley in Bloom are celebrating receiving a £500 grant from Skipton Building Society’s Grassroots Giving scheme. Katie Burnett, secretary of Otley in Bloom explained; “We heard about the scheme when we used one of the Skipton Building Society’s windows for our Tour de France display. We were shortlisted from thousands of applications, and that is when it got interesting. The next stage to become a finalist involved a public vote via social media and email. We weren’t sure that many of our supporters would use social media, but we were wrong, and we are really grateful to everyone who took the time to vote for us.”
Otley in Bloom have pledged to use the funds to add to the sustainable planting around the town. They will be looking to add perennial plants which come back every year, but add more colour and flowers than shrubs. The first batch of plants will be some red perennial poppies for the memorial garden.