One of the reasons I love this city of Bradford is the remarkable people that you come across all the time. Today I met two more. I was walking down Barkerend Rd when I noticed two old guys digging around on a patch of wasteland. Having an interest in guerrilla gardening, I went over to say hello. I suspected that they might be East Europeans making the most of the land.
They turned out to be twins, Dave and Stuart, who spend their retirement scrambling around on derelict sites, sowing seeds to attract butterflies. Their particular concern at the moment is the plight of the common blue butterfly, which lost most of its local habitat recently to a car park in Shipley. Armed with some seeds and a rake, they have worked tirelessly for the sake of these butterflies.
They were eccentric and knowledgeable, and had been hassled by the police and various security guards, and threatened with trespass charges on many occasions. It will not stop them. They love the city of Bradford, and they love butterflies. They are now added to the long list of lovable rogues and adventurers that I have happened to come across in this delightful city!