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Report for the March 2014 Parish Council Magazine

As we enter 2014 the Kippax in Bloom volunteers are preparing for the next array of colourful beds to brighten up our community. Of course, by the time you read this, hopefully the spring bulbs will be beginning to appear. Meanwhile those yellow vests will be seen clearing, clipping and chopping each Sunday morning and Wednesday lunchtime.

No they’re not mole hills.....its bulb planting on Leeds Road in Nov 2013’

We were delighted with last year’s success in winning our category in Yorkshire in Bloom but there will be no resting on our laurels. Once again we are honoured to be representing Yorkshire in the Britain in Bloom competition, especially when the Royal Horticultural Society is celebrating 50 years of Britain in Bloom, its ‘Golden Anniversary.’ To celebrate this special Bloom anniversary the RHS theme for 2014 is ‘Growing for Gold’ Therefore in April we will be planting myriad sunflower seeds provided by the RHS.

With Britain in Bloom, there is only one judging which will take place at the end of July. It is the planning and hard work between now and then which we hope can bring further national recognition for Kippax. However, that is incidental to our main aim – to make Kippax a pleasant place to live and to improve our whole environment.

We will continue to work with schools, local businesses and community groups to that end. For example, we hope you all enjoyed our Cross Hills Cottage at Christmas with the additional Christmas characters adding to the festive spirit. We wish to say a huge thank you to the Kippax Art Group for their stunning contribution with the support of our Parish Council.

The front garden competition will again be a major feature. Anyone wishing to enter please give your details to Pat whose contact details are psamykib@aol.com or 0113 2862283 or indeed pop into Pat’s Sweets on the High Street. It is worth noting that last year’s Yorkshire in Bloom judges commented on the high standard of front gardens as they toured around Kippax.

We remain extremely grateful for the support we receive from our Parish Councillors, our three City Councillors, Mary, Keith and James, our sponsors, supporters, LCC Parks and Countryside, Woodend Nursery and our absolutely amazing and dedicated volunteers.

If you feel you could contribute in any way to this year’s blooming, just let Pat know – and put your wellies on and join us on a Sunday morning or see Pat about any support or ideas that may enhance Kippax.

Our website is at: www.kippaxinbloom.com and Pats details are above or contact any Kippax in Bloom volunteer known to you.



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