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In Bloom success across Wharfedale
9:00am Friday 20th September 2013 in Local news
Otley is celebrating scoring a double success in this year’s Yorkshire in Bloom competition.
Both the town as a whole and The Whartons Primary School were awarded Silver Gilt Rose Awards for the strength of their floral displays this year.
The competition judges praised Otley in Bloom for working hard to get all local businesses and community groups pulling together “to improve and enhance Otley”.
Commenting on their visit for the summer judging, they said the team: “Demonstrated their work in an excellent portfolio and display. It is clear to see this is an all-year-round endeavour which is benefiting the whole of Otley.”
They also singled out the new nectar bed at Wharfemeadows Park for praise, along with the qualilty of residential gardens and business areas.
The judges were greeted on their visit to The Whartons by pupils bearing lettuce sandwiches – a way of demonstrating the success of the Grow and Sell project the school had been running with Otley Waitrose.
They praised The Whartons for the “environmental works across the school grounds... designed to bring the community into the school, from the parents’ vegetable raised beds at the front to the meeting area, created to encourage parents to interact at the beginning and end of the school day.”
Horsforth, Bramhope and Esholt have also won prizes in the Yorkshire in Bloom Awards. And Horsforth-based university Leeds Trinity has also carried off an award.
Judges said it was difficult to imagine that the small tranquil village of Esholt was less than eight miles from the centre of Bradford.
The village, which was once used as the location for filming of the TV series Emmerdale, picked up a Silver Gilt Rose Award.
Judges said: “Many premises displayed hanging baskets giving a superb display of summer colour.
“The judges were allowed entry to some back gardens in the village which were crammed with summer colour from ground level and also up the walls in some cases. The Woolpack Pub had a magnificent display of hanging baskets, contrasting nicely with the newly painted signs.”
Bramhope was also awarded a Silver Gilt Rose, and judges praised the level of community engagement, with the school, scouts, brownies, cubs and beavers all getting involved, as well as businesses.
Another Silver Gilt Rose Award went to Horsforth, where judges said the community had got behind the town. The children at Duckling nursery were given a special mention for their work with growing projects and bird and bat boxes.
Judges gave Leeds Trinity University a Gold Rose Award.