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Report for the March 2018 Parish Council Magazine -Kippax Matters


As I write for the magazine that will appear in Spring we have just entered the new year and the recent arctic weather conditions have not been very encouraging for being outdoors and 'blooming.' It has been more a case of cold fingers rather than green fingers. Nevertheless, winter is a time of preparation, of tidying, of pruning and cutting back along with some planting, so that hopefully, come Spring, Kippax will look attractive again. No matter how bad the weather gets work, of course, continues. We have extended our daffodil planting on Leeds Road and Gibson Lane. We have also planted crocus bulbs, kindly donated by Groundwork Leeds, on Butt Hill Gardens and around the Coal Tub. We have started work to upgrade the planting at Butt Hill Gardens and also at the Wells Garden. The plan is to bring more colour into the gardens with flowering shrubs and perennials. We are determined not to stand still but to keep on improving the village displays.

To that end, we have bought a new lawnmower and strimmer with the help of a grant from Green Leeds to ease the burden on our grass cutting team. We will also be supporting and helping Kippax North School enter Leeds in Bloom and Yorkshire in Bloom, another exciting new initiative.

Congratulations also go to the Scouts for their success in obtaining funds from the Co-op Community fund for their new community vegetable garden at St Mary's Church. We will continue helping them progress with this programme.

It is very encouraging to see these developments taking shape. It is also worth remembering that last year the judges commented on the attractive state of residents' gardens as they toured around the village. So a big thank you to those residents. Once again, our thanks go to the Parish Council without whose support, none of this would be possible, our City Council Ward Councillors, and the Parks and Country department of Leeds City Council, their Locality Team and Woodend Nurseries.

I end with an appeal for people to join our team of volunteers, to ease the load and also for sponsors for our hanging baskets and flower beds. If you feel that you could contribute, in however small a way, please call in to Pat's Sweet Shop on the High Street or contact her on 0113 2862283 or e-mail at psamykib@aol.com. You will always be most welcome.


Duke of Edinburgh award student Harrison helping Joan and Sue gather up leaf compost


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