Otley in Bloom – after the yellow bikes, the gold award

Otley in Bloom is celebrating a golden year after Otley was awarded Gold and Category Winner by Yorkshire in Bloom.  This is a great achievement for the town and Otley in Bloom would like to thank the following for their support and assistance:  Otley Town Council, LCC Parks and Countryside, Neil Wilson and his team at Wharfemeadows Park, Streetscene Services, the Otley BID, Otley Lions, The Rotary of Otley Chevin, Otley Wetlands Nature Reserve, Beks Electrical, Waitrose, Courtyard Planters and all the businesses, organisations and individuals in Otley for their contributions and brilliant floral displays this spring and summer. Special thanks and congratulations go to the Whartons School, who received a Silver Gilt Award in the Young Persons category.
Picture shows David Bellerby, Otley in Bloom’s Competition Co-ordinator, receiving the Awards from Jim Butress of BBC 2’s The Big Allotment Challenge at the Yorkshire in Bloom Awards in York today, September 16th.

Otley in Bloom received a Gold Award and was judged Category Winner (category 2C, Town) in the Yorkshire in Bloom Award ceremony in York. The yellow bikes with floral baskets received their own Certificate of Achievement, recognising the hard work behind reclaiming them from scrap and re-inventing them as a quirky floral celebration of the Tour de France. The colour schemes in Wharfemeadows Park and the displays by local churches, shops and businesses caught the judges’ eyes, and Otley was praised for its community spirit and celebrations of local heritage visible around the town.

The yellow bikes are moving on

The yellow bikes with flowers have been a big hit locally and nearly all have now found new homes. Some will still be seen around Otley – one will remain in a central spot as an Otley in Bloom ‘noticeboard’. One is being given as an anniversary present, one is being adopted by a Dutch bike enthusiast and one will travel Wakefield way for a September flower festival. Donations have been truly generous, to help keep Otley a well loved and cared for place to live and work. Thank you to everyone who has made this possible.

There are still a few yellow bikes waiting for adoption. If you are interested in one, please contact Katie at Courtyard Planters on Westgate (01943 462390).

Yellow bikes everywhere

We’ve installed yellow bikes with yellow boxes of yellow flowers all over Otley to welcome and celebrate the Tour de France Grand Depart on 5th July. You’ll have seen the finished results so we thought you’d like to see some photos of us setting them up. On 25th May we put them on the roundabouts, before the Summer bedding was planted by the Parks Dept.

And the finished result:

And here’s the one outside HSBC being set up by Ian and Ernie, before Jacquie and Charlotte fixed on the flower basket.

Yellow bikes are beginning to appear in town

We’ve put a few of our Tour de France yellow bikes with flower baskets up in the town centre recently.  The latest one is outside the church, near Beks. (Thank you Beks for giving us lots of yellow paint for the bikes.)

The first one was in place outside the Methodist Church for the Yorkshire in Bloom judges to see when they came on 10th April.  It has now moved to the bike stand near the Conservative club.

We will be putting more in place very soon, see how many you can spot. 

Bloom team wins show bronze

Our pocket garden with a Tour de France theme has won a bronze at Harrogate Flower Show.

The one metre square garden display was based around a very small yellow bike carrying two planters of bright flowers, surrounded by bee-friendly plants.  It was designed by Katie Burnett of Courtyard Planters and planted by Katie and other members of Otley in Bloom.