The Moortown in Bloom project was established by the Moortown Community Group, within the policy and support of Leeds City Council for “in-bloom” groups, to demonstrate our commitment to do everything we can to enhance and improve the Moortown area.
How did we start?
We first started planting bulbs in October 2009 and since then we have added more each year so that daffodils and crocuses now welcome spring on many of our verges and central reservations. This was hard work!
Stonegate Road Rockery
A major project was the clearance of the overgrown area at the junction of Stonegate Road and Scott Hall Road and the building of a strong boundary fence. We planted a hedge of pyracantha in front of it to provide summer flowers and colourful autumn berries. We then established a rockery planted with heathers, reminiscent of moor
land, and interspersed with pansies.
Children from Moortown Primary School helped with the planting on two occasions and Mone Brothers were extremely generous in donating rocks and topsoil.
We hope that not only local passers-by, but also motorists travelling from
north of Leeds, will appreciate this improved environment.
We followed up an initiative from the Royal Horticultural Society to plant wild flowers, to encourage bees and other insects, by establishing a small bed at the junction of the Ring Road and Harrogate Road. The results were colourful throughout a poor summer and there is room for expansion there.
If you cross the road from HSBC towards Marks and Spencer you will notice the two large planters with small shrubs and bulbs which we organised in summer 2012.
At first we were worried about how we would water the plants and then we were worried that we would have to do all the work in the pouring rain! The plants have been chosen to provide low maintenance colour and interest on the wide pavement and now seem to be well established.
We hope you are enjoying what we have done so far. If you have ideas for further projects or would like to help we will be pleased to hear from you.