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Report for the December 2012 Parish Council Magazine

Thanks to everyone’s hard work Kippax looked amazing for the RHS Britain in Bloom judges Martyn and Mel’s visit on the 2nd of August. They could not fail to be impressed and they were, although the results surpassed our wildest hopes. I was speechless, honestly, when we got the results in October. It was a GOLD medal and we were joint WINNERS in the urban community category of the national BRITAIN IN BLOOM competition. We were also the winner of the RHS Britain in Bloom Conservation and Wildlife Award for Billy Wood and I was one the winners of a Community Champion Award. Martyn and Mel said of Kippax ;

This lovely community has its roots set in the local coal mining industry. It has been transformed by the Britain in Bloom Campaign. There are many examples of high impact displays, and locals and visitors cannot mistake who is responsible for them. The Bloom Group has an excellent partnership with the city council and it shows in the results they deliver on the ground. Here it is very clear that the Bloom Group listen carefully to the residents and engage them in the campaign; with so many people doing their bit, judges could not fail to be impressed. You cannot be in the community and not know about and admire what you do, ‘Fantastic’! About Billy Wood, they said, as we approached the Knoll it was a real ‘wow’ factor as meadows of this quality are a real find and deserving of this recognition.

They loved our wonderful Crosshills Cottage, the Coal Tub and Bloomington Bear. They admired our many good residential gardens also.


Martyn Hird and Mel Henley RHS Britain in Bloom judges on judging day with myself.

The In Bloom Campaign has transformed Kippax over the last 10 years and it is great to look around and see the results of our efforts and to receive recognition for our achievements from the Britain in Bloom judges.

Our front garden competition results were announced on Thursday 25th October by Marie from Woodend Nursery. Congratulations to Andrew Keighley, first prize winner, Chris May, second prize and best newcomer, Keith Dobson. Thanks to all our entrants, please look out for our entry forms for next year.

Just because judging is finished, it doesn’t mean that our work is done. We have been busy planting bulbs, tidying up and making plans for next years’ Yorkshire in Bloom entry. Our neighbours in Great and Little Preston, Ledston, Garforth, Allerton Bywater and Micklefield, seem to have been struck by the In Bloom bug also and have done really well in this years’ Yorkshire in Bloom competition, Congratulations!

We appreciate the help and support we receive from Leeds City Council Parks and Countryside and our Parish Council and will continue to work closely with them in the future. We thank all our sponsors and supporters for their contribution towards our success, not only in the Britain in Bloom competition but also in improving our local surroundings for all the residents, businesses and visitors. I would also like to personally thank our marvellous volunteers, who always turn up rain or shine who help to make this happen as without their dedication and hard work it wouldn’t be possible.

Thanks a million again and if you would like to become involved in anyway, please contact me at Pat’s Sweets on the High street, Tel. 0113 2862283, or email psamykib@aol.com

You can also see us out and about on a Sunday morning between 9am and 11am. You can’t miss us, we’re the ones with the bright yellow, on trend In Bloom vests!!!!

Pat Samy

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