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Report for the December 2011 Parish Council Magazine

On the 20th September it was announced that Kippax had been awarded a GOLD ROSE AWARD in this years Yorkshire in Bloom competition. Needless to say we are delighted to reproduce our success of 2010 especially considering the devastation caused to our displays by the bad weather last winter. The judges were impressed by the support of the community evident to them from the number of premises displaying ‘We Support Kippax in Bloom’ posters. Comment was also made on the quality of the residential and community gardens as well as to the achievements of Ash Tree School and The Growing Zone. A full listing of the judge’s comments and recommendations can be found on our web site at www.kippaxinbloom.com.

Thanks to some judicious dead heading and a particularly accommodating spell of weather, our displays have continued flowering longer than in previous years. In fact many of the flowers were at their best after judging a good example being the displays adjacent to the library (Photograph below).



As a result of our performance in Yorkshire in Bloom we have been invited to represent Yorkshire in Britain in Bloom 2012. In 2009 we achieved a Silver Award in this competition and this experience has made us aware of the many benefits for Kippax that being in Britain in Bloom can bring us. We are also aware of the very high standards that the RHS judges expect and that with the support of the whole community this is achievable.

Congratulations to Roy Blackburn of Oxford Drive who won our front garden competition. Well done to the 1st runner-up Chris May and 2nd runner-up Pat Hill. We also had an award for the best newcomer to this competition and this was won by Andrew Keightley. On the 20th October our winners received their prizes and certificates from Pat Samy (Chair KIB) and Marie Bath (Woodend Nurseries) who also sponsored the Best Newcomer category. Thank you to everyone who took part.

Our other competition was the school poster competition the winners being Marissa Bond and Matthew Forrest both of Ash Tree Primary School.

Our plans for next year will require us to take into account the attention to detail that the RHS judges will expect from Britain in Bloom entrants.

We will continue to maintain the 40 plus displays throughout the town and some of them will be enhanced to have greater impact.

As mentioned in September’s parish council magazine we intend to develop the display behind the library into a rockery and to this end we have salvaged sandstone blocks from the demolished ‘Calverts’ shop on the High Street.


Salvaging sandstone

Other areas planned for development :-

  1. To improve the access between the Co-op car park and Kippax Hall Surgery car park.

  1. To display on the notice board in Butt Hill gardens information on the history of the garden.

  1. The new ‘Gateway’ project planned for 2011/2012 which is intended to enhance the approaches to the town. Still awaiting survey results.

  1. To increase the number of floral displays around the library.

  1. To enhance the impact of the planting around the boundary stones.

  1. To make the Coal Tub display on Gibson Lane more dramatic.

Let’s get Kippax on the map by maximising the opportunity that Britain in Bloom gives us. Why not volunteer to help KIB with this challenge and help make a difference.

If you wish to help the group in anyway then please contact Pat Samy at :-

Pat’s Sweet Shop on the High Street

telephone 0113 2862283 or e-mail psamykib@aol.com.

Some of the Kippax in Bloom group on Butt Hill Gardens

Stop press –Is it the first snow of the winter? The photo below was taken at Butt Hill Gardens on Sunday 16th October and shows the wintry scene that greeted us. On closer examination we realised that somebody was attempting to bring us some early Christmas cheer by using a mixture of OK sauce and cornflour to turn the garden into a winter wonderland. Whilst we appreciate the thought our benefactor may not have realised how much effort we had to put in to clear it up. Can we ask that if anyone has an issue with the work we do then please raise it with us and allow others to enjoy a cleaner brighter Kippax.

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