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Report for the March 2021 Parish Council Magazine -Kippax Matters


This year, we're celebrating 20 years of working to make Kippax into a greener, cleaner and more beautiful place for everyone. We're not sure what's happening yet with the Yorkshire in Bloom competition but we'll still make the greatest effort to have a brilliant show for spring and summer in all our beds, planters and troughs. Like you all, life has changed for us Bloomers over this past year because of Covid-19 but we're still managing to enjoy our gardening and we look forward to better times soon. It's been great to see a lot more of you all while you've been taking your daily exercise. We hope you've enjoyed our winter planting of pansies and polyanthus and by the time you read this will be uplifted by the show of daffodils that we've planted each year. These past few weeks has seen us start a new planting scheme around Kippax Hall Surgery and also start our Moonlight/White Garden on the corner of Gibson Lane and Peasefold. Things have started to move forward with the planned Dementia Garden. Thank you, Ellen Grier, for your brilliant work on the plans. We've continued with the maintenance of all our gardens, beds and planters too. As always, we litter pick wherever we're working and below is a photo of a very icy morning that meant we couldn't do anything else as the ground was frozen solid!

Members of KIB Litter Picking

We are keen to involve as many gardeners as possible in the BLUE CAMPAIGN which promotes rewilding Britain's gardens using the blue heart symbol, a natural solution to climate change and restoring biodiversity and a simple no-cost way to help restore nature across Britain - garden by garden. Just choose an area of your lawn, it can be just a small area, and don't cut this area until the winter. It will grow naturally into a wild grass and flower meadow and will attract insects, birds and small mammals. Nature will select those that grow well which can be supplemented next year with suitable wildflower seed. We will be supporting this campaign around Kippax. Let's see what we can achieve.

The Blue Heart Symbol

We would like to thank some new sponsors of Kippax in Bloom, Claire's Pilates who has sponsored one of our Tropical beds on Leeds Rd and Fastsigns for sponsoring a hanging basket on the High St. You too can become a sponsor either as a business, yourself or in memory of someone by emailing me or coming to see me in the shop when I can open. The deadline for the hanging basket sponsorship will be the end of March. A big thank you also to the sponsors who donated to us instead of sending Xmas cards.

It is with great sadness that we announce the loss in January of one of our volunteers John Urwin. John had been a volunteer and great supporter of us for the past 12 years. We will not only remember John for his contribution to Kippax Matters by writing our quarterly update but also for his wisdom, his way with words, his love of Liverpool FC and a daily crossword. Our deepest sympathies go to Virginia and the rest of his family. He will be greatly missed.

We hope you've found that gardening is a welcome respite and exercise during lockdown as have our volunteers who continue to do an amazing job. We would like more people to join us in our efforts so even if you only have an hour spare that would be very helpful. My details for anyone who could lend support in any way are: email psamvkib@aol.com ,Tel no. 0113 2862283 or pop in my shop, Pats Sweets on the High St. Our website is kippaxinbloom.com We would like to thank our Parish Council, Leeds City Council Parks and Countryside, The Arium and the Locality Team, our Ward Councillors Mary, Mirelle and James, Marie and Jonny at Woodend Nurseries and of course the people of Kippax for their continued support. Thanks, Pat Samy.





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