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Report for the September 2011 Parish Council Magazine

On the 20th July Kippax welcomed the Yorkshire in Bloom judges who returned to complete the judging of this years competition. Despite the unfavourable weather forecast the sun shone and Kippax was litter free with all the grass cut and with our floral displays looking stunning. After introductions and lunch in the Moorgate the judges were given a guided tour which not only took in the Kippax in Bloom displays but visited The Growing Zone, Ash Tree School, St Mary’s churchyard, Cheeney basin, Billy Woods and passed by as many private gardens as time permitted.

The judges appeared pleased with the welcome they received and made favourable comments about what they saw during their three hours in Kippax.



The Yorkshire in Bloom judges (Paul and Phil) with Richard Gile (LCC Floral Initiative) and Councillor James Lewis

The results of the Yorkshire in Bloom competition will be published on the 20th September and we are all hoping to reproduce our success of 2010 with a Gold award in our category

Kippax in Bloom would like to thank our three councillors, Leeds City Council Parks and Countryside, Kippax Parish Council and Leeds City Council Floral Initiative for their continued support.

Getting Kippax to a standard suitable for entry into Yorkshire in Bloom requires a great deal of organisation and commitment from many individuals the majority of whom volunteer their time come rain or shine. To thank every one personally here would take up too much space but Kippax in Bloom is indebted to all those who made the 20th July so special.

We were delighted with the number of entries that we received for our front garden competition, the results will not be available until after this report goes to print. Similarly with the school poster competition, so if you wish to catch up with the results then why not visit our web site at www.kippaxinbloom.com.

Just a reminder that we hope to print a Kippax in Bloom calendar for 2012 so if you have any images of a floral nature readily identifiable as being taken in Kippax please send them in a.s.a.p. to Pat Samy chair of Kippax in Bloom.

Also we are still seeking pictures for our notice board on Butt Hill gardens. Do you have any pictures of how the site looked back when it was a coach garage? If so we would love to see them.

Work creating displays in St Mary's church yard continues. This display is best seen from the Chapel Lane entrance to the Church and is the work of friends from the Chapel, St Mary's and KIB. This is a large area and will require many plants so if you have anything to donate please let us know.

Our two new beds on Leeds Road in front of Clifford Way have been planted with a 'Tropical theme' and was inspired by a holiday brochure photograph of a display in Shanghai.


'Tropical ' display being planted

A new garden has been created on Gibson Lane close to the WMC. This is the work of Aire Valley Homes and Groundwork but will be maintained by KIB.

Just because judging is finished for this year doesn’t mean that we can sit back. Our plans for the next 12 months include:-

  1. Improving the access between the Co-op car park and Kippax Hall Surgery car park.

  1. A new ‘Gateway’ project planned for 2011/2012 which is intended to enhance the approaches to the town. Currently awaiting survey.

  2. With the aim of greater sustainability we will be adding more permanent planting to several of our displays. This applies particularly to the large bed on Cross Hills, behind the library which currently is full of bedding plants but which we hope to develop into a low maintenance rockery.

Next year this area will be developed into a low maintenance rockery

We all benefit from living in a tidier, brighter environment so please see if you can find a few hours a month to help Kippax in Bloom. If you wish to help the group in anyway then please contact Mrs Pat Samy at :-

Pat’s Sweet Shop on the High Street

telephone 0113 2862283 or e-mail psamykib@aol.com


website www.kippaxinbloom.com.

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