Best plots of the lot: allotment competition time at Hertsmere
Huge congratulations to Renate Romer, Jaime Artime and Madeleine McCormack – all winners of our first ever Bushey allotment competition.
The competition was organised by Hertsmere Borough Council and as a company we were, as you can imagine, only too happy to assist in whatever way we could.
Judges for the competition were Geoff Kazer, Contract Manager for Hertsmere Borough Council and Herstmere Borough Council officer Jonathon Hawes. In their quest to find the best, the pair visited 175 plots right across Hertsmere town.
In their judging, they looked at the presentation of each plot as well as the quality of the produce and the variety of fruit, vegetables and flowers.
Renate Romer won best allotment in Merry Hill while best in Finch Lane went to Jaime Artime. Dr Madeleine McCormack, a GP in Bushey for over 25 years, won best allotment in Windmill Lane and she was also honoured for having the best overall allotment.
Each winner was presented with a £20 gift voucher from Bushey Horticultural Society’s trading hut.
We have seen a vast increase in the uptake of allotments on so many of our contracts, and some now have very long waiting lists.
I know how fantastically rewarding it can be to look after an allotment plot, but there’s such a lot of work involved as well. Still, plot holders tell me that you really can taste the difference in the produce from a plot. That alone must make it well worth the effort.
The allotment holders do get many benefits from their involvement too – plenty of exercise, an opportunity to engage with their local community, a bit of peace and quiet, and of course let’s not forget what they end up taking out of the ground.
I think it’s great to see these valuable resources being used like this. Long may it continue!
Till next time,