The Yorkshire in Bloom awards ceremony took place on Tuesday 10th September in the grand surroundings of York Race Course. The town was delighted to be awarded a Silver Gilt award, as in 2018.
Katie Burnett, the chair said, “It is always a pleasure to take the judges on a tour around the town and show them all the great projects that the people of Otley are involved in which enhance the green spaces in the town. The judges are always very impressed by how many different volunteer groups the town has that are all working towards the same goals, the involvement of the local businesses through Otley BID and the environmental credentials of Otley Town Council.”
The group will be celebrating 20 years of making Otley bloom in 2020 and have some members who have been involved since the early days. David Bellerby, the competition coordinator, remarked, “The judging criteria have changed in the 20 years with more emphasis now being put on sustainable planting and wildlife-friendly planting rather than bedding plant displays. Our practices have to reflect how the community benefits from having great green spaces and the number of people who benefit. However some things remain the same: the judges mark us down very severely for litter, graffiti, dog mess and weeds, and those issues never seem to go away.”
The group would like to thank all the residents, businesses and groups who contribute to the Yorkshire in Bloom effort, and particularly thank Neil Wilson and the LCC Parks team who continue to do an incredible job with ever-dwindling resources.