Kippax Gets A Community Garden
In 2015 the scouts of 1st St. Mary’s Kestrels in Kippax (East Leeds) visited Todmorden during a train travel exploration of West Yorkshire.
The idea of the Todmorden community growing fruit and vegetables for the local residents was taken on and the scouts looked round for a suitable site back in Kippax.
There was an area behind the church hall where the scouts, cubs and beavers met that had been paved many years ago, but had become overgrown with shrubs and weeds.
After getting permission from the church and getting help from Kippax in Bloom (the team who have won gold in the Britain in Bloom competition), a working party began to clear the area and lift the very heavy paving slabs.
The surrounding retaining wall, which overlooks the neighbouring car park, hadn't been maintained for decades and was in need of repair.
So for this year, the scouts were restricted to growing vegetables and herbs while the funding was sought to repair the wall so that fruit trees could eventually be planted.
With the new 5p per bag tax being earmarked for local communities, the scouts applied to be one of the Kippax Co-operative’s chosen projects, and fundraising began earlier in 2017.
The scouts often work with the Co-op in Kippax, most notably helping every year with the British Legion’s Remembrance Day Poppy Appeal, and it was really appreciated that the Co-op returned the help when the community fund handed over a cheque for £4396.46.
The money will go to repair the wall to allow the scouts and Kippax in Bloom to plant fruit trees and shrubs in 2018, so that in the autumn local residents can be invited to go pick fruit as well as take vegetables from the garden.
Article written by Paul Harness
Assistant Section Leader, Scouts
1st St. Mary’s Kestrels Scout Group, Kippax
Kippax Gets A Community Garden, 25th November 2017, 22:30 PM