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Report for the September 2016 Parish Council Magazine -Kippax Matters


It is that time of year again. No, I don't mean it's summer. (Actually, has that arrived yet?) I mean that the village magazine requires another article, giving the problem of trying to be fresh and not repeat the content of previous articles. However, the nature of 'Blooming' is cyclical, following a similar pattern year on year -designing, digging, weeding, pruning, planting, and of course litter-picking.

Having said that, this year is a special year as we proudly represent Yorkshire in the Britain in Bloom competition. I hope you have all seen the banners attached to lampposts at entrances to the village. On Thursday 11th August the judges from the Royal Horticultural Society will descend on Kippax and decide just how successful Kippax in Bloom has been this year. Consequently, by the time you read this all will have been done and dusted, although the results will not be known until October.

Being in Britain in Bloom brings new challenges and also requires new developments, not just a repetition of past years. And so the preparations are in full swing. Below is a sample of a few of the things being done

It has been great to see and appreciate the facelift given to the Library and with our help they have put colourful planters outside.

Thanks to the Parish Council with the support of Leeds City Council, the war memorial and the gardens surrounding it has also had a very welcome facelift Nic Alderson, the dry-stone waller, is building a cairn in the shape of a beehive to celebrate our entry into British in Bloom, (remember that in the last edition of the magazine it was reported that volunteers a giant bee) while Dave of local firm 'Drive Reviver' has cleaned Butt Hill Gardens and the Wells Garden. Both are local residents helping Britain in Bloom.

Also when you read this, you will have seen Kippax Art Clubs makeover of 'the cottage.'

At Calvert Close, a Dutch style of planting perennials, with a path of sleepers through the bed and pale coloured gravel has been developed.

Large Trachycarpus palms were planted outside the Co-op to give a tropical feel.

With the help of cubs and scouts following the instructions of Barry, a volunteer at the RSPB at Fairburn Ings, a bug hotel was created in the Wild Life garden. Volunteers worked with pupils at Kippax North Primary School to plant a vegetable garden. The pupils also rehearsed a speech to be made to the Britain in Bloom judges.

At the time of writing, Christine Porter is writing a poem to welcome those same judges. Many thanks go to her. We are also grateful to the pupils of Greenfields School who have produced colourful posters to adorn the route the judges will take.

It is also pleasing to note that we have some new volunteers which is very welcome.

We would still welcome more as the tasks don't get any less as we strive to make the village a good place to live. Just pop in to Pat's sweet shop on the High Street, e-mail her at psamykib@aol.com or give her a ring on 0113 2862283. Our web page is kippaxinbloom.com


As always we are grateful to Marie at Woodend Nurseries for all of her help with our entry in Britain in Bloom. Also our thanks go to all of our sponsors, our Parish Council whose support is tremendous, our ward councillors and the Parks and Countryside Department of Leeds City Council. And of course, as usual, our wonderful volunteers. Give them a cheery wave when you see those high-viz jackets!


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