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Otley In Bloom Vies For National Gold Medal
Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Britain in Bloom judges visited the West Yorkshire market town of Otley as it attempts to win a coveted Gold medal and be crowned one of the cleanest, greenest and most beautiful places in the UK.

Britain in Bloom Judges Sue Wood and Keith Jackson were taken on a tour of the town by members of the Otley in Bloom organising committee, including Chair Katie Wood, competition co-ordinator David Bellerby and Edie Bates, as well as Otley BID chair Steph Lee.

Otley is among 79 villages, towns and cities from around the country to have reached the finals of the competition and is vying with Barnoldswick (North West), Forres (Scotland), Halstead (Anglia), Pembrey and Burry Port (Wales), Sherborne (South West), St Saviour (Jersey) and Uttoxeter (Heart of England) in the 'Town' category of the competition.

Winners will be announced at the Britain in Bloom awards ceremony in Llandudno, North Wales on October 27, 2017.

Visiting judge Keith Jackson said:
"One of the most important things to emphasise is that the process is not all just about pretty flowers and hanging baskets. As well as the horticultural process, we are looking for environmental responsibility and how the community come together to achieve what looks like a very nice place."

Fellow judge Sue Wood added:
"It's been great to see how much the community get involved with Otley in Bloom. One can tell that entering Britain in Bloom has really galvanised the whole town."

Otley in Bloom chair Katie Burnett said:
"The key thing for us is to make sure that, whether we are successful or not, we use this as a springboard to keep improving the appearance of the town. We are already planning for next year and have a meeting at 6.30pm on September 5 to coordinate activities for 2018."

Otley In Bloom Vies For National Gold Medal, 3rd August 2017, 14:53 PM