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Report for the March 2011 Parish Council Magazine

Happy New Year from Kippax in Bloom. It probably hasn’t escaped your notice that we had some extreme weather from the end of November and through December. This prevented the group getting out as much as it would have liked. Hopefully the bedding plants we put in earlier will recover although there are bound to have been some casualties.

However, there were a couple of breaks in the weather during which we managed to clear branches from the trees overhanging the steps into Cheeney Basin. We also had sessions litter picking and tidying the shrubs on Cross Hills and Butt Hill Gardens.

Our picture taken at the end of November shows some of our new planters positioned outside of Sainsbury’s. The snow came before we could paint the wood and get any plants in so this will need to be one of the first jobs when the weather permits. We are hoping to get sponsorship to cover the cost of the plants needed to fill these planters.


Planters outside Sainsburys

Now into the New Year and we have our thoughts set on the work we need to do for Yorkshire in Bloom and the Spring Judging which takes place between 24th March and the 4th April 2011.

Our first project in 2011 was to position sandstone boulders around the Gibson Lane Community Center. This was done at the request of the Community Center in an attempt to reduce the damage done to the grass verges by inconsiderate drivers. At the same time we did a litter pick and general tidy up of the car park and grounds


Sandstone at Gibson Lane Community Center

Other projects planned over the next few months include:-

  1. Improving the edging around several borders

  2. Improve access between the Co-op car park and Kippax Hall Surgery car park.

  3. Create a new display on Leeds Road opposite the entrance to Emley View.

  4. To work with members of St Mary’s church to create flower beds within the church yard.

  5. Attempting to get funding for a ‘Pocket Community Garden’ on Lime Tree Crescent.

Brigshaw School with the help of the RHS has converted an area to raised beds using sleepers and have offered to grow plants for us to use in our displays.

We have a couple of specific requests for help :-

  1. Do you have any shade loving plants that you would like to donate towards our collaboration with St Mary’s church members?

  2. Is there anyone who would be prepared to help with Ash Tree School’s garden allotment?

As usual the contact for any offers of support is Pat Samy (see end of report).

Our ‘Views of Kippax’ 2011Calendar has proved to be a big hit and has been a good fund raiser for the group. Its not too late to get your copy from Pat’s Sweets on the High Street price £4. Thank you to everyone who submitted photographs and congratulations to those whose pictures were included on the final calendar. We intend to produce a calendar next year so keep taking the photographs.

Also just a reminder regarding hanging basket on the High Street – For £70 you can sponsor a basket for Spring and Summer, included in the cost are the plants, name plate and watering.

We would like to thank our Parish Council who continue to generously sponsor the work we do. Also a big thank you to all the unpaid volunteers who turnout week after week to keep Kippax looking its best.

If you would like to join the merry band that is Kippax in Bloom and improve our surroundings then we would love to hear from you. All help is appreciated so why not contact Pat Samy at:-

Pat’s Sweet Shop on the High Street

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

website www.kippaxinbloom.com.

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