Otley Garden Centre were thrilled to support a local charity, Wildlife Friendly Otley with their nature recovery plan

Wildlife Friendly Otley planned to create community orchards as part of their nature recovery plan at two sites, Westbourne Park, and Bennett Court. A kind donation from Otley Garden Centre has meant that the two sites have been underplanted with cowslips, daffodils, and wildflower seed, improving our local environments for our wildlife.

The Charity is still campaigning to get four more sites planted but needs the go ahead from Leeds Council. The orchards will not only provide more biodiversity for the town but bring free fruit to local residents.

Otley Garden Centre Outdoor Manager Chris Jubb said, ‘We are passionate about gardening, wildlife, and biodiversity so we are thrilled to be asked to donate bulbs and seeds to encourage insects, birds and small mammals to thrive in the community orchard. The Wildlife Friendly Otley volunteers are doing great work to halt the decline of biodiversity and we’re really proud to be part of this community initiative’.

Rob Tindall who is one of the trustees for Wildlife Friendly Otley said, ‘We are excited to have started this relationship with Otley Garden Centre who are very keen on working within the local community to help promote the benefits of nature. As a charity we are keen to work with any local businesses or people to help push forward our projects’.

The teams across all four of our centres love to give back to the local community, as well as supporting charities close to their hearts. We have some exciting plans for the future and are delighted to of been a part of Wildlife Friendly Otley’s nature recovery plan, we can’t wait to collaborate with them again. To read more about how you can make a difference in your garden at home, visit our Love Nature page for lots of hints and tips!

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