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  • Wildflower meadows brighten up estates

    Incommunities’ gardeners have again pulled out all the stops to create a host of colourful wildflower schemes around the district.

    Among the sites are three plots on the Hillcrest estate where thousands of wildflowers have sprung into bloom.

    Margaret Butlin from Hillcrest Drive is among those who loves the displays and said: “The flowers look spectacular and really brighten up the place.

    “Lots of people have been stopping to take photos and say how lovely the displays look.”

    The Queensbury ‘flower show’ is one of more than 20 displays which include sites in Allerton, Baildon, Ilkley, Keighley, Silsden, Addingham and Windhill.

    On Bell Dean Road, wildflower turf has been used to create a dazzle of kerbside colour by this main route through the Allerton estate, whilst in Keighley displays have burst into flower at Bracken Bank, Braithwaite and next Farish House in the town.

    The schemes have been masterminded by estates supervisor Albert Sallu and his garden team.

    Peter Catterick, Incommunities’ Head of Estate Services and Sustainability, said: “Every year, Albert and his team really work hard to bring a splash of colour to our neighbourhoods and encourage planting that will attract bees and other wildflower pollinators.

    “Our approach to maintaining our open spaces and estates is about improving lives and adding to the environmental sustainability of these areas.

    “We have also been getting positive feedback from residents saying how the planting brightens their neighbourhood and lifts their spirits. With the continuing warm weather we expect the displays to run well into September.”

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