Final touches as town prepares to bloom

Sophie Bell from Kippax North School who won the competition to name the bear in Kippax (Bloomington Bear) with Pat Samy
Sophie Bell from Kippax North School who won the competition to name the bear in Kippax (Bloomington Bear) with Pat Samy
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TOWNSFOLK in Kippax are hoping for a blooming lovely summer as they prepare for judging in the prestigious Britain in Bloom competition.

The town is putting the final touches to its floral displays for when the Britain in Bloom judges arrive in the town on August 2.

It was put forward for the competition by Yorkshire in Bloom after winning its gold award last year. Pat Samy, of Kippax in Bloom, said the whole town had worked really hard on its displays.

She said: “We’ve had support from Leeds in Bloom, which donated Bloomington Bear, Leeds City Council, our three local councillors who donated wildflower seeds, and our parish council.

“Kippax Art Group has done the most amazing feat with a disused toilet on Croft Hall. The members have painted it to look like a country cottage, with people looking out of the windows and boards covering it to look like an old cottage, and we’ve planted a cottage garden in front of it.

“We’ve had so much feedback from everyone who has seen it. The bear has also been really popular, especially with children, loads of children have been getting their pictures taken with it.”

Pat said the dismal summer had been an extra challenge for organisers. She added: “We have had so much rain, but we’d tried to grow drought-resistant plants as we’ve needed them in previous years.

“But this year our bedding plants have been rotting in the ground and we’ve had to replace them, and with the weeds and grass growing so fast it’s been a big challenge.

“We have had an awful lot of help from people in the community, we’ve worked with schools, guides and brownies, businesses, in all sorts of ways.”

To find out more about Kippax in Bloom contact Pat on psamykib@aol.com or call 0113 286 2283.