An award-winning gardener from Haworth has won a three-year contract to enable him to continue maintaining the gardens surrounding Keighley’s Cenotaph.
Keighley Town Council has awarded the contract to Steve Thorpe, who founded and manages Steve Thorpe and Son Gardening Limited with his son Joe.
Council allotments and landscapes committee chairman Councillor John Kirby confirmed the news last week, and offered his congratulations to Mr Thorpe, who lives in Prince Street, Haworth.
Mr Thorpe, responding to the news, said he was relieved that he would be able to continue to work on the flower beds and lawns of Town Hall Square.
He said his firm has already been maintaining this area on behalf of the town council for at least five years.
“It’s good that this has been sorted out,” he added. “It’s had to go through the process but I’ve been needing to order the plants I require for the design I want for next summer.
“I like working on this area, and it’s nice when people come up to me with positive comments about how it looks.
“I always try to put together a good planting design, which is a bit different to whatever I’ve done before.
“The beds get planted up twice a year – once in November for the spring then again at the end of spring for the summer.”
The cenotaph in Town Hall Square has been the subject of a £5,000 repair and cleaning scheme, funded by the town council.
As reported in last week’s Keighley News, work began to level uneven flagstones, to allow rain water to drain from the cenotaph’s base.