Blooming great success for Kippax

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Green fingered Kippax residents are celebrating success in the national finals of the Britain in Bloom competition.

The village won the silver gilt award in the contest’s urban communities category.

Displays were exhibited across the village but the showcase which gained most recognition was the former public toilet block in Cross Hills which was transformed into a picturesque cottage.

Doug Morley, Kippax Parish Council chairman, said: “Kippax in Bloom enjoys the full support of the parish council and the wider community.

“We all work together year on year to improve our village.”

The group qualified for the national finals after winning gold in the Yorkshire in Bloom competition for the second year running in 2013.

Pat Samy, Kippax in Bloom chairwoman, said: “The dedicated volunteers go out in all weathers to ensure that Kippax is always in pristine condition and we have fun doing this.”

More than 1,600 cities, towns and villages participate in the nationwide gardening campaign which celebrates its 50th Britain in Bloom UK Final this year.

Sue Biggs, Royal Horticultural Society (RHS)director general, said: “The annual RHS Britain in Bloom awards ceremony is not about one town, village or city beating another.

“It is about championing great community projects that make a difference to people’s lives.”

For more information on the Britain in Bloom competition awards and a full list of winners visit www.rhs.org.uk/community