South Leeds: Redesign project gets into full bloom as locals prepare for contest

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Flowers will be blooming in Woodlesford as final preparations get underway for a regional competition.

The Woodlesford in Bloom group is getting geared up to go for gold for the second year running at the Yorkshire in Bloom competition on Wednesday, with the inclusion of a new feature wall.

The wall project has been a plan in action for the past three years, but members of Woodlesford in Bloom have finally worked out a way to re-design the wall with the use of flowers.

Group volunteer Peter Lovatt, 74, of Woodlesford, said: “We have been talking about it for three years so to have people already making remarks on how good it looks is great.”

The project has transformed the stone wall on Church Street using metal baskets made by military and flood defence equipment manufacturer Hesco Bastion and by hanging colourful flowers.

Around 20 volunteers have been meeting weekly to transform the run-down wall into a bed of poppies to mark 100 years since the start of the First World War.

Volunteer Barbara Smart, 68, of Woodlesford, said:“The whole pleasure is the pleasure that is gives to other people. It is nice to win the gold medal but we are doing it for the community.”

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