THE BRITAIN IN BLOOM JUDGES ARE COMING… ON WEDNESDAY 2ND AUGUST
We need you to help us prepare… Sunday 30th July at 10 am, meet at the Buttercross for a pre Britain in Bloom judging litterpick, deadheading planters and weeding. Tuesday 1st August at 6.30pm, meet at the Buttercross for a pre judging litterpick, deadheading planters and weeding. BUSINESSES – Please sweep and weed in front of your premises. Everyone remember to water your plants and try to make our town look as lovely as it can on 2nd August. Thank you!
This year’s Yorkshire in Bloom Summer Judging will take place on the morning of Tuesday 12th July. This year we didn’t have a Spring Judging due to the winter floods, so this is our only chance this year to impress the judges, and if we do really well maybe we might get our third Gold award.
We will be cleaning up and improving our planters and flower displays over the next week. If you have any floral displays outside your house or business it would help us if you would make sure they are looking their best, no weeds, no dead flowers, well watered and litter-free. We will be tidying up around Otley on Sunday morning and Monday evening.
Yorkshire in Bloom judges Brendan Mowforth and Timothy Stewart were given a guided tour of local highlights on a lovely sunny day. They were led by Otley in Bloom committee members Katie Burnett, David Bellerby and Edie Bates, along with mayor Councillor Philip Bye and town council leader, Cllr Ray Georgeson. They looked at Wharfemeadows Park including the nectar bed, the town centre, Bridge allotments, Gallows Hill nature reserve, and the Whartons Primary School. They were shown a display and presentation at Courtyard Planters followed by lunch at the Black Horse Hotel. Otley in Bloom is hoping to match its success last year, when Otley won a Gold Award in the competition’s town section and was named category winner.
We will find out how we did on the 8th Sept at the Awards Ceremony at York Racecourse, which we hope a couple of our members will be able to attend.
The spring judging for the Yorkshire in Bloom competition is on 8th April. We have been busy planting, tidying and weeding, trying to make Otley look as lovely as we can ready for the judges. This picture shows the little garden at Bremner Street opposite Asda, after we’d pruned and litter-picked (a whole bin-liner-full of litter this time!), and planted some new flowering plants.
We will be out on 7th April in the evening picking up litter, trying to show the judges Otley at its best. if you’d like to help us, we’re meeting at the Buttercross at 7pm. (This will be instead of our normal monthly meeting.) If you have floral displays outside your house or business, it would be lovely if you could make sure they’re looking their best too.
We’ve been tidying up all around Otley, our members have been litter-picking in Ilkley Road, Westgate, over the bridge to Billams Hill, around the Maypole and Manchester square, in fact all over town. We’ve tidied up the gateways at Leeds Road, Pool Road, we’ve refurbished the displays in the Memorial Gardens, on Kirkgate, and the bed by the Chippendale Statue, and we’ve got a great window display in Skipton Building Society (just to the right of the new cycling sculpture there).