Kippax in Bloom manage to get out most weeks throughout the year but the weather either side of Christmas curtailed any attempt at gardening for several weeks.
The Coal Tub on Gibson Lane
Britain in Bloom Award display in Pat's Sweets window
However, come mid January we were able to continue implementing our plans for 2010. After last years heady experience of being in Britain in Bloom we are returning to our roots and will be back in Yorkshire in Bloom competing in the Urban Community category.
In this competition the Yorkshire in Bloom judges visit each entrant twice, once in the Spring and again in the Summer, before making their final assessment. Therefore our first target is to be ready for the Spring Judging which will take place between 22nd March and the 16th April 2010.
Last year we introduced several new features and additional areas of planting so this year it is our intention not to start any new projects but concentrate on maintaining and developing what we have. We will also be taking into account the comments of the Britain in Bloom RHS judges - typically this will involve us in moving planters to locations where they will have greater impact and introducing more shrubs to make our planting more sustainable.
Since the last report we have –
•Planted up the majority of the borders and planters with bedding plants for spring
•Moved two planters from the High Street to outside the Community Centre on
•Tidied up two areas by constructing wooden fences - one on the wildlife garden (
Gibson Lane) and the other on the garden opposite the Moorgate.
Teardrop Corner' Calvert Close planted up with bedding plants
There are still problems that we need to address, for example watering plants during dry spells, keeping litter off the streets and reaching those who think that vandalism and theft is acceptable behaviour. As shown last August our town can look quite attractive when it receives some TLC so if you would be willing to help in any form then please contact Pat Samy in one of the following ways at:-
Pat’s Sweet Shop on the High Street.By telephone 2862283
Please feel free to visit our website at www.kippaxinbloom.com