Blooming Kirkheaton

Anyone passing the centre of Kirkheaton recently will have noticed that the formerly bare raised bed at the Bus terminus is now a riot of colour – thanks to some ‘Guerilla Gardening’ by volunteers organised by Yetton Together.

“One of the main issues raised by people for the Community Plan was to smarten up the centre of the village,” says Yetton Together Chair, the Revd Richard Steel. “This area has been rather neglected, so this was a great opportunity to inject a bit of colour.”

And it has been noticed. Comments from local residents have included – “Looks tons better”, “so much brighter” and “from gloom to bloom.”

“This has only been done with the dedication of a group of local volunteers,” he continues – (Mike and Sue Bowyer , Mike and Sheila Firth, Keith Durkin, Eric Hutchinson, Theresa Wilby-Hood, Bev Burns, Trish Mellor and Adrian Mullaney.) – and with the much appreciated supply of coffee and biscuits from Stuart at ‘The Breadbasket’!”

The flowers – in suitably patriotic red, white and blue – were provided at a generous discount by Kirklees Parks and Open Spaces using funds  from the Yetton Together 200 Club

Keith Durkin, co-ordinator of Yetton Together’s ‘Food and Energy Working Group’ is now appealing for more volunteers to keep this area looking good and develop others – “We’re looking for ideas and help for what to do next,” he says. “So if anyone would like to help please do get in touch.”

People can either contact us via the web site ( of ring Keith on 01484 348314