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Report for the March 2016 Parish Council Magazine

At the time of writing, we have just entered a new year. All of us who are associated with Kippax in Bloom will be hoping that we can repeat our successes in 2016. With our developing reputation as an award-winning floral village, there is a desire to continue on that path as we represent Yorkshire in the Britain in Bloom competition this year.

In preparation for the visit to Kippax in summer of the 2 RHS judges we have been working hard over the winter months, pruning bushes, trees and shrubs, weeding, tidying, clearing up litter and adding compost to our beds. We've planted bulbs to brighten up the Spring when it comes. Considering the rain that has teemed down over the winter months, most of this work has been carried out on dull, misty and rainy days.

One of the requirements of Britain in Bloom is that we develop new projects in addition to that which has already been created over the last decade or so. Of course, one new project was forced on us following that Saturday evening in September when we were reminded just how easily all the good work can be destroyed. An apparently drunk driver speeding up Leeds Road lost control of his car and destroyed the bed at Calvert Close, including uprooting a silver birch tree which the group had planted. Fortunately no-one was injured and gardens can be renewed.

Volunteers bed clearing at Calvert Close!


Much work has already been done in clearing the area completely, removing everything. Plants will be saved and replanted while the bed is to be completely re-designed so you will all see a completely new look when it is completed.

Another new initiative will see a re-vamp of Butt Hill gardens now that the building work at the former Royal Oak pub is completed. Lots of pruning and tidying up has already been done and we have plans to change some of the planting and add more colour.

Another new development follows at the request of our library staff who are keen to help us brighten up our Library outside and consequently we will see the addition of planters for early summer.

Bloomers will again be working closely with Kippax North School and we are grateful for their marvellous support

These last two elements are very important as the 'In Bloom' competitions are not just about flower beds and pots: they are also about community involvement. Consequently our work with local schools, cubs, brownies, guides and scouts, the Growing Zone and so on is very important, as are the front and back garden competitions.

Once again it is important to thank the Parish Council who sponsor and support our work, as well as our local ward councillors, the Parks and Countryside Department of Leeds City Council, Woodend Nursery, our sponsors and of course our volunteers.

As always, we would welcome more volunteers. Offering your time does not necessarily need to be every week but as and when you can. Or indeed you could help by watering a bed or beds near you or by sponsoring a bed or hanging basket. Contact Pat at the sweetshop on the High Street or e-mail her at psamykib@aol.com. Our web page can be found at www.kippaxinbloom.com

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