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Growing civic pride in Otley

How you can help

Otley in Bloom is an entirely volunteer organisation. We welcome people who want to improve the green environment of the town to work with us. Our volunteers are a mixture of ages and professions. Some are retired but others are busy professionals and home-workers. We need a range of skills; people who like gardening and the outdoors but also people with IT and communication skills. We feel we are doing a worthwhile job, meeting a wide range of people and enjoying social events.

You can help Otley in Bloom in many ways from keeping an eye on your local area and keeping it tidy, or suggesting an area that you feel may need attention. Or if you have some time to spare you could become a volunteer with the group. Whatever you're good at is likely to be useful, perhaps you'd like to join our Task Force and get to grips with the actual planting and managing of the flower displays or maybe you want to work on the project management of some of the larger ideas we have.

We welcome anyone who shares our objectives to help with the work of OIB. If you are interested please let us have your contact details. Everyone on the contact list is notified of the times and places we will be working (Taskforce events). If you wish to be more involved you are welcome to join the steering group meetings on the first Tuesday of each month (except August and December) at 7pm at the Garden School, number 9 Westgate and is part of Courtyard Planters. Come along and see what we're about or contact us directly.

Come and join us you can make a difference and make Otley a nicer place to live.

Otley in Bloom latest Brochure - see what we've been up to

Every year we produce a brochure detailing what we've been up to over the last 12 months, this is generally published in March for the Yorkshire in Bloom Spring Judging and an update is produced in July for the Summer Judging.   You can see the latest version of the Spring brochure by clicking on the following link:OIB_Spring_Brochure_2014.pdf

Otley in Bloom Taskforce

otley-in-bloom-planters.jpgWe take great pride in our town and look for ways to improve it with a particular focus on its green spaces. Some of the time we take on the task ourselves, either to clear up overgrown or untidy corners or we work with Leeds City Council Parks and Countryside team to tackle the larger jobs.

The “Task Force” was set up comprising of Otley in Bloom members who wanted to be more "hands on" and deal with the more manageable projects. After discussions at our monthly meetings as to which projects need attention the taskforce is then assembled every couple of months to get out and about on the streets of Otley. It's a simple matter of Civic Pride and improving the appearance of the Town we live in.

The Otley in Bloom Task Force does jobs such as planting, digging & weeding and also clear-up jobs throughout the town.   It could be one part of a larger project or a mini project in itself, we hope you have noticed some of our recent taskforce achievements.  Click here to see the project pages for more details.   

If there is a public area of town that you think needs attention or if you'd like to join the Task Force and lend a hand please click here to see our contact details.

Yorkshire in Bloom

yorkshire-in-bloom-logo.jpgEach year we enter into the Town Category of the Yorkshire in Bloom competition and last year we received a Silver Gilt Award.
The Town's involvement began when Otley Town Council worked with the Otley Chamber of Trade to install some hanging baskets on some of the lamp-posts in the Town. Otley In Bloom was formed soon after and have been project managing our entry into the competition each year since.

The benefits for Otley's entry into the Yorkshire in Bloom competition are many and varied. It helps enable Otley in Bloom to obtain funding to carry out a variety of projects to enhance the town and improve its green spaces with year round colourful and sustainable displays. The town also benefits from improved services such as street cleaning, grass cutting, graffiti removal and high quality floral displays.

The competition encourages businesses, organisations and individuals to do "their bit" and help create a sense of civic pride and put Otley on the map. It fosters co-operation between Leeds City Council, Otley Town Council and other organisations to work together for the benefit of the town. All these combined efforts can be enjoyed by everyone and result in Otley being a great place in which to live, work and visit.

There's a great deal of planning and work that goes into preparing the town for the Spring and Summer judging each year. Otley in Bloom is very fortunate to have a dedicated co-ordinator working as part of its Steering Team.

If you'd like to help us continue that success please contact our co-ordinator for more details.
Businesses can also join the competitive spirit - and possibly get some free press coverage - by entering for the Leeds in Bloom business competition.

More information about Yorkshire in Bloom.

Consultants to the Town

We look further ahead for the town and make plans and recommendations to various bodies and orgaisations about how the environment of the town couild be developed. An example of this is the 'Otley Town Enhancement Study' which we commissioned during 2004 and early 2005.

Wider Projects

We have undertaken many other projects often in conjunction with local groups, organisations, and schools. These can range from simply giving advice and support, to sourcing funding, to planning and project management.