Snowdrops are coming up

The snowdrops that we planted around Otley in September are beginning to flower. We began to see them early in January, and now with any luck they should be showing at all the sites where we planted them. There are definitely snowdrop flowers at Gasworks Corner and Bremner Street, more are appearing all the time. Thank you again to everyone who helped us.

Snowdrops! Thank you everyone who helped

Thank you to all the many people, including a group of Beaver Scouts, children from The Whartons, and many others, who came to help us plant thousands of snowdrops in many places around Otley last weekend, including in the Town Centre, behind the Library, opposite The Junction, in our new garden at Craven Street, at the corner of Bremner Street and many other places too numerous to name. More planting is continuing until the end of the month. We should with any luck see our snowdrops beginning to flower next February – look out for them!

Pupils from The Whartons helping to plant snowdrops

Now we’ve had time to add it up, we think that 100 to 150 people helped us plant snowdrops – a Big Thank You to everyone who helped.

Mass snowdrop planting 20th September

Mass Snowdrop Planting

to commemorate World War 1

Sunday 20th September at 10am, meet at The Buttercross

This September Otley in Bloom will be working with schools, community groups and other interested parties to plant snowdrops to mark the centenary of the First World War. 5000 bulbs will be planted across the town in key locations to mark this important anniversary.

Why snowdrops?

Snowdrops have been chosen as they are a symbol of peace and hope, and a link to the white war graves. They are also an early source of nectar for bees. The snowdrops will flower in spring 2016, creating larger clumps every year from then on to create a lasting legacy.

If you would like to be involved, or can think of a good place to plant some snowdrops, let us know…. or call 01943 462390

Snowdrops and War – Some Facts

There is also a connection with the Crimean War. Unlike the poppy’s association with the blood spilt in the First World War, the purity of the snowdrop enchanted the soldiers bogged down in Crimea (1853-1856). The flowers heralded spring on the battlefield. Many survivors brought the bulbs back to plant in their gardens.

Snowdrops contain their own anti-freeze. They were harvested during the First World War to make anti-freeze for tanks.

On a sunny day, snowdrops are highly scented and give off a honey smell. If you have enough plants the perfume will fill the garden.