Otley wins Silver Gilt

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.

The judges are coming!

On Tuesday 9th July in the afternoon, the Yorkshire in Bloom judges will be touring Otley to see how well we’re doing.  We usually do really well in the Yorkshire in Bloom competition, let’s hope Otley can make a good impression this year too. 

We will be having a Big Clean-Up on Sunday 7th July at 10am at the Buttercross.  This is a fun process and equipment will be provided but you might want to bring your own gloves and clothes that don’t mind a bit of dirt.  Please come along if you can spare the time and help out.

On Monday 8th July at 7pm we will have a final clear-up just to tidy up things missed or any new litter.

Please come along if you can spare the time and help out.

If you have a house or a business in the centre of Otley you can help us by making sure your patch is litter-free, and any floral displays you have are looking their best, and that any dead plants are removed – also it makes the town nicer for all of us!  

The weather has been making a real effort to help us and a lot of houses and businesses are looking pretty wonderful.  Thank you all for the work done so far.

There are some wonderful sights in Otley at the moment, just choosing two at random:

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Window Dressing Competition results

Large Window

1st:   Casa Vitae

Casa Vitae

2nd:   Patisserie Viennoise

3rd:   Jenni’s Dresser

Highly commended:   Picture This

Small Window

1st:   Leafy Couture

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.