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Report for the September 2012 Parish Council Magazine


As this report is being prepared there are still two weeks to go before the RHS judges (Martyn Hird and Mel Henley) visit to assess Kippax’s entry in Britain in Bloom. Like everyone else, Kippax in Bloom has had to contend with the awful weather as we try to get ready for the big day on the 2nd August 2012. It seems that the only things that grow are grass and weeds. Our attempt to create a wildflower display where garages once stood on Valley Road was virtually washed away and many of the displays containing petunias came to nothing. However, despite the weather we have completed several new projects:-

  1. A third ‘Tropical’ bed complete with floral bear is now in place on Leeds Road/ Clifford Way. We would like to thank Leeds in Bloom for donating the bear in honour of our entry in Britain in Bloom. The winner of our name the bear competition was Sophie Bell from Kippax North School whose suggestion of ‘Bloomington Bear’ really stood out. Our photograph below shows Sophie and Pat Samy with Bloomington Bear.

  2. Our new rockery on Cross Hills behind the library is now complete.

  3. The boundary stones on Leeds Road and Longdike Lane have had a face lift with sandstone blocks making an attractive border for the planting.

  4. The disused toilet block on Cross Hills has been transformed into a cottage garden. This work was carried out by KIB in collaboration with Kippax Art Group. The artwork and planting has really worked well and generated a great deal of interest and positive comment. (see photograph below).

  5. A new bed full of dark foliage and stems has been created at the entrance to Nursery Close.


Sophie and Blooming Bear


Our cottage garden

Hopefully we still have the opportunity to finish off some of the outstanding tasks and maybe a couple of sunny weeks will be enough to tempt some of the flower buds to open out in time for judging.

Some of the less obvious activities that the Kippax in Bloom group have been involved with in the lead up to judging include:-

  1. Working with the Probation Services to paint the street furniture in front of the Co-op and Post Office and also the road signs and railings around the library.

  2. Litter picking with Ash Tree School.

  3. At the old Ash Tree school we have removed all the unsightly weeds visible from the road and erected green mesh (paid for by our three councillors) to give the area the feeling of being tended.

  4. There has been an issue over the quality of contractor’s grass cutting. This we tried to address along with the Parish Council by meeting with LCC and the contractors. Whilst there has been an improvement recently we are still self helping and we are particularly indebted to the members of the Parish Council who have been cutting the grass on the approaches to town and in selected areas around town. It is hoped that between us we can get the grass looking less like it has been cut with a blunt knife.

We have been involved with two events with the Friends of St Mary’s church. In June they arranged a fund raising coffee morning for us with a raffle, bacon butties and plant sale. Then in July we put a floral display in the Flower festival which had the theme The Queens Diamond Jubilee.

KIB entry in the flower show

We head towards the 2nd August knowing that we have done our best to show Kippax in a positive light. Whatever the result of Britain in Bloom, we appreciate that nothing could be achieved without the input and support of a great number of people many of whom freely volunteer their time come rain or shine. We would particularly like to thank Richard Gill (Leeds Floral Initiative) and our three city councillors (Keith Wakefield, James Lewis and Mary Harland) for their assistance and of course our Parish Council for it’s continued financial support.

We volunteers do appreciate all the support (and cups of coffee) that we receive from the community. It is good to know that the work is appreciated. However, it is not just about making the town look pretty for competitions but more about making a contribution to improving where we live. This is an all year round commitment and it is made easier with the more helpers we have. So like every other report this one ends with a plea for you to come forward if you are able to help in any way.

The contact for anything above is Mrs Pat Samy at :-

Pat’s Sweet Shop on the High Street

Telephone 2862283 or e-mail psamykib@aol.com

The winners of our Front Garden Competition and Poster competition will be announce at the end of July and if you can’t wait until the December issue of the Parish Council Magazine to find out who has won then you can always visit our website at www.kippaxinbloom.com. for the latest news and of course the result of our Britain in Bloom entry.

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