Residents delighted after 'Pudsey Bear' returns to the park awaiting full makeover

Pudsey residents are delighted after a much loved 'Pudsey Bear' structure was returned to the park to be replanted as a new feature.

Wednesday, 21st April 2021, 4:25 pm

Pudsey is the official mascot of BBC Children in Need - first appearing in 1985.

He was created by BBC designer Joanna Ball - taking the name of her hometown.

A Pudsey Bear structure has been in place in Pudsey Park for a number of years.

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Pudsey residents are delighted after the much loved 'Pudsey Bear' structure was returned to the park to be replanted as a new feature.

However, it was costing more than £1,500 a year to maintain the flowers on the bear and he has had a period away in Leeds atrium.

Now, Pudsey in Bloom have taken ownership of the bear - ready to transform him once again - much to the delight of residents.

Posting on Facebook, Pudsey in Bloom said: "Well look who has arrived in Pudsey Park where he belongs!

"We are going to look after him as we cannot afford the money to have him planted up!

"Watch him grow into the Pudsey Bear that we all love!

"We are planting lonicera nitida inside him and he will became a topiary bear!"

Pudsey residents reacted positively to the new change.

One said: "He's back! Brilliant."

Another added: "I always loved seeing him in the park, so great to see he is back where he belongs."

The bear will now be replanted by the group, ready to be enjoyed by visitors to Pudsey Park.