Wharfemeadows Park gets an upgrade

Many people will be wondering what is happening with the flowerbeds in Wharfemeadows Park. We want to reassure everyone that flowers will soon be appearing in the 4 large beds nearest to Bridge Avenue.

Otley in Bloom, Wildlife Friendly Otley and Otley 2030 are working together, supported by local councillors and with agreement from Leeds City Council.

A planting plan has been drawn up and plants ordered from Leeds Parks and Countryside department several weeks ago. The beds will be planted up with flowering perennials which support wildlife, encourage bees, butterflies and improve biodiversity.

We hope that by the end of the summer the beds will be full of life and colour. These beds will then be maintained by the community groups rather than by Leeds City Council.

We are pleased to have been able to come to an agreement which has saved these beds from being grassed over. Which also delivers much better planting for sustaining pollinating insects than the annual bedding plants normally seen in these beds.

When the perennials die back in the autumn we will be doing a further planting of spring bulbs to extend the flowering season.

We know that some people, particularly those living near the park will be keen to get involved in the planting of these beds and in helping to keep them looking good in the future and we would be delighted to have you join us. We are now simply waiting for a delivery date for the plants from Parks and Countryside.

May 2022
May 2022

As we progress we will add more photos showing the developments of the beds.

The plantings

Day one was lovely after some rain overnight and the garden soil had been well prepared. Roughly 850 plants turned up from Leeds Parks and we added to this stock from our own gardens and allotment. A strong team worked for four hours on the first two beds. We left it watered thanks to Parks letting us use their hose and hopefully we might get a bit more rain tonight.

Day 2 was a little cooler but by now we had learnt how to get this massive task completed and some more volunteers turned up. It felt a little sad leaving the beds after watering the plants in as we were not sure about the weather. Luckily the BBC were right and we had a series of night time rainfalls over the next few days. Over to nature…

Chippendale 300

Vote for us…

We have applied for £1,000 funding towards the creation of a carpet bedding flowerbed in Wharfemeadows Park to be part of Otley’s town-wide “Chippendale 300” celebrations next year.

Please help us secure this vital funding by voting for us.  You can cast up to 10 votes.  Here’s what to do:

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Nectar Bed plants for pollinators

Since we planted the Nectar Bed in Wharfemeadows Park, we have lost some of the plants and added new ones. It will continue to change and evolve as we see what does well and what doesn’t, so it’s impossible to give a list of what’s there right now. But if you want to know which garden plants are perfect for pollinators, attractive to bees, butterflies and hoverflies, see the RHS’s list.

Otley in Bloom wins Gold again

Otley in Bloom are delighted to announce that we got a Gold Award for the second year running in the Yorkshire in Bloom competition 2015. 

David Bellerby receiving the Gold and Category Winnner Award for Otley in Bloom

It has been a real team effort.  The judges said they were really impressed by how many individuals and businesses were taking part, and even taking ownership of small pockets of space.  Apparently this is unusual in a town the size of Otley, as normally the bigger the town the more people expect it to be “someone else’s job”.  Thank you to everyone who helped us achieve this, and particular thanks to Neil Wilson and his Parks Team.

We were also the winner this year of the town category being awarded gold. Judges said: “Otley looked fabulous a testament to all your hard work, well done everyone.”  Colourful hanging baskets around the Maypole, the “well cared” for White Bridge allotments, Otley in Bloom’s nectar bed and Wharfemeadows Park, were all singled out for praise, as were the many Otley businesses who put out hanging baskets and pots to brighten up shop fronts.