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Growing civic pride in Otley

Annual Report

Posted by billa on January 7, 2020

Chair's report for Otley in Bloom 6 Nov 2019


We really have got stuck into some great project work over the past 12 months (in no particular order);


  • Starting the year with the big graffiti clean up
  • Replanting at Piper Lane hoardings
  • The dog poo sticker competition with schools
  • Displays at the Christmas Tree Festival and Flower Festival.
  • Cleaning out and repairing bird boxes
  • Improvements in Charles St car park and Courthouse St car park
  • Enhancements to the outside space at Union Court
  • Clean up and bulb planting at Kell Beck
  • Improvements to the lawn at Gas Works Corner


When combined with all the usual ongoing tasks and winning a Silver Gilt for the town in the Yorkshire in Bloom competition it is an achievement not to be sniffed at.


The three pillars that “in Bloom” groups work within are; community involvement, environmental awareness and horticultural excellence and all these projects fit well into these pillars. We have mainly taken on projects we have been asked to by residents, perhaps next year we should set our own agenda?


We have a fabulous core of about 15 volunteers who I always find a delight to work with, often in small groups, or 1-2-1, so you get to know people and that is lovely. Looking forward, the YIB judges comment that with a small team we might need to think a bit smarter about what we do and how we do it is turning around in my head.


As Otley in Bloom goes into its 20th anniversary year I'm looking forward to watching from the outside what the group chooses to focus its attention on, and it is a good excuse to have a critical think about what the volunteers in the group are interested in as Otley in Bloom is nothing without its wonderful people, and the world has moved on in the last 20 years so it is okay to change with it.


Katie Burnett....signing off...