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:

and:

Timayane Day at Prince Henry’s

Once again pupils and teachers from Prince Henry’s Grammar school have been working with us today on 3 projects : planting a wildflower bed in Courthouse St car park, renovating a sensory flowerbed at Union Court and adding climbers to their new trellising, and replanting a flowerbed in Charles St car park which we haven’t quite finished yet. Thank you again folks, you were fabulous.

You can read about last year’s Timayane Day here. And in 2017 pupils planted up up the lamppost planters, which will be displayed around Otley:

They braved some wet and windy weather to plant up the big new three-tiered planter which replaces the tubs on Kirkgate.

They planted up the square wooden planters in Orchardgate:

And they weeded and tidied up at Gasworks Corner, the Community Garden in Cambridge Street:

Many thanks for all your help, all of you, and hope you enjoyed your day.

Fire station recycled

To celebrate the latest Tour de Yorkshire we thought we should replace the willow bikes, that had survived for 5 years, with some re-cycled ones. Six of us tidied up …

we tried the three bikes in different positions …

the fire station gave us a cuppa …

we planted up the bike baskets …

and we managed to do all this and keep dry.

Christmas Tree Festival

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.