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Growing for gold in bloom competition

Some of the member of Kippax in Bloom, outside the cottage garden, who won gold in Yorkshire in Bloom for the second year running

Some of the member of Kippax in Bloom, outside the cottage garden, who won gold in Yorkshire in Bloom for the second year running

Green fingered residents in Kippax will compete for gardening gold in the national finals of Britain in Bloom.

The village won gold in the annual Yorkshire in Bloom competition for the second year running in 2013.

And this year it hopes to win the national contest.

The group is among 72 finalists in the urban community category of the national Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) awards after being selected by the judges from more than 1,000 entrants.

Pat Samy, chairwoman of Kippax in Bloom, said: “It’s fantastic to represent Yorkshire in the national finals. It is not only recognition for our hard work, it is recognition for Kippax and the support we have.”

Two RHS judges will meet members of the group and tour the village in July or August as the village goes for gold this summer.

Mrs Samy, of High Street, added: “Kippax is a bit bigger than a village but we still have the feeling of a village. A lot more people are now aware of what we do and that’s one of the reasons we do so well – because the community are behind us.”

The group, which has around 40 members, will then find out if they have triumphed at an awards ceremony in Bristol, in October, which will be attended by representatives of all 72 finalists.

Mrs Samy said: “I am quite confident that we will do well because we have done before and we have the group and support as we’ve always had.

“It’s not about winning, it’s about improving our community – that’s why we do it.”

Stephanie Eynon, RHS community horticulture manager, said: “The Britain in Bloom awards are not abut beating fellow finalists, it’s about volunteers of all ages and walks of life gaining recognition for their extraordinary efforts to improve streets and neighbourhoods.”

 

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