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.

Drawing competition winners

Here are the winning entries in the children’s drawing competition held in March.

This lovely daffodil by Freya Foley from Westgate Primary School won the prize for age 4.

This excellent drawing showing the names of parts of the flower by Annie Chambers of The Whartons won the prize for age 5.

This beautiful Rose drawn by Martha Dix of The Whartons won the prize for age 6.

Well done to all our winners, and well done to all the other artists who took part, we loved seeing your pictures and we hope you enjoyed drawing them.  thank you everybody for taking part.

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.