Mike Goodwin (plot 57, Priory)
Rashid (plot 48, Hertford), Deborah Genders (plot 29, Hertford), Pam Islip (plot 36, Priory).
OVERALL CHILDREN’S WINNER
CHILDREN’S RUNNERS UP
All other winners: William Lambert, Adelaide Kennedy, Holly Lambert, Pandora Kennedy, Miles Goodwin, Hollie and Miles Hess, Isla and Freddie Dawson.
BEST ALLOTMENTS 2018
Judging the allotments every year is a pleasure and a pain!
A pleasure because I always find some truly beautiful little plots I’ve never seen before and a pain because it is so difficult to decide who will be winners.
Allotments are not just a piece of ground to grow healthy fruit and vegetables and beautiful flowers, they have always been a space for recreation and relaxation where friends and family can meet and work together, an escape from the stresses of modern London, an oasis of calm in an increasingly busy world.
Bearing all this in mind, when I judge the allotments, I mark everyone out of 100 with roughly 40% for quantity and quality of produce, 40% for overall appearance including creativity and design, and 20% for pest and disease prevention, recycling, composting, and wild life encouragement.
OVERALL CUP WINNER FOR BEST PLOT OUT OF ALL ALLOTMENT SITES
John Hynd at Priory (No.76)
John Hynd (plot 76) and Emily Coates (plot 10)
Emily (Plot no. 10) has had a plot for donkey’s years; it is a very small plot under some large trees, but it has always been immaculate with edged grass paths, beautifully espaliered fruit trees, lovely flowers, and a good variety of excellent fruit and vegetables.
John (Plot No.76) has also had his plot for many years, but last year decided to completely renovate his allotment, which included removing everything but the fruit trees. This renovation included double digging the area to remove bindweed, shovelling in large quantities of manure, putting up sturdy cages to protect fruit and vegetables, and pruning and retraining fruit trees. All the hard work is evident in the vegetables fruit and flowers on his plot this summer and while work is still in progress, the Site Reps and I felt all his hard work deserved a prize.
David Waterhouse, Terry Farrar, Boo and Donal Douglas, Geoff de Metz, Finnie Harrington, Mike Goodwin, James Duncan, Janet Lavender, Susan Moore
- David Waterhouse (No. 11) lovely pond neat boxed beds with lots of vegetables
- Terry Farrar (No. 23) for his pumpkins and brassicas.
- Boo and Donal Douglas (No. 33) for the sheer amount of produce.
- Mike Goodwin (No. 57) for the scare crow, good design and lovely flowers.
- James Duncan (No.67) for pretty wicker bed surrounds and lovely Dahlias.
- Janet Lavender (No.65) for lots of good produce and nice little pond.
- Geoff de Metz (No. 43)
- Finnie Harrington (No. 45)
- Desmond Millen (No. 49)
- Susan Moore (No. 68)
Jenny Jefferies (plot 19)
Jenny has had her plot (No. 19) for a good few years, but despite illness and injury it has always been a “prize winner” with clean wood chip paths, lots of excellent fruit, vegetables all well protected, and rows of bright flowers including magnificent sweet peas.
Tim, Michael French, Helen Lawrence, David and Nikki Dawson, John Edgar, Warwick Radford, Caroline Bendall, Hans Weisskopf
- Tim (No. 10) for excellent vegetables and watch out for his enormous brussel sprouts!
- Michael French (No. 33) for his very neat boxed beds filled withherbs and flowers.
- Helen Lawrence (No. 38) neat grass paths, well trained and protected fruit and vegetables.
- David and Nikki Dawson (No. 25) were novice winners last year and the plot still looks good and productive.
- John Edgar (No.28) as always good vegetables (and I’m sure he uses a spirit level for his beds and paths!)
- Warwick Radford (No. 40A) has very pretty design.
- Caroline (Ronnie) Bendall (No. 51) is hidden away at the bottom of Hertford Ave. Very creative use of wood from cut trees with good vegetables despite the shade.
- Hans Weisskopf (next to Jenny) is our oldest allotment holder and still producing vast amounts of fruit and vegetables.
The Triangle is probably the most difficult site to propagate. The upper, older half has terrible drainage with underground springs and water pipes. Perennial weeds such as mares tail and brambles can make the plot holders life a misery. The lower half of the site was laid out in the 1990s with bad topsoil laid over stones and gravel and some large trees by the Pitch and Putt make this area very shady. Anyone with a plot on this site deserves praise.
Freddie Dawson (plot 8)
Freddie and his wife (No. 8) have had the plot for 2 years and despite all obstacles have produced an amazing amount of good quality fruit and vegetables.
Sheena Clarke (plot 12A)
Plot No. 12A Sheena Clarkes. It has very neat raised beds in an attempt to combat the mares tail which has worked, but the struggle continues – good luck new plotholder!
Tucked away behind a thick hedge by Palewell Park sports pitch, many of you will not have visited this site. It’s like a little world of its own. There are some lovely plots here but unfortunately it’s really difficult to find the numbers so some of you may have missed a mention…
Giles Dimock (plot 7)
Giles (No.7) has grown some excellent produce with strong cages for protection and a good composting area.
Nick and Harriet Hinton (plot 2)
A prize-winning plot with neat raised beds filled at the moment with plenty of flowers and herbs.
Amani Orr-Earling (plot 4)
I wasn’t able to visit this site (No. 4) but according to their Site Rep this plot is always neat and productive and an inspiration to other plot holders!
Mr. and Mrs. Pratt (No. 7)
BEST NOVICE PLOTS
Not many nominations this year.
Nadia Mackenzie at Priory Plot No. 40A
A tremendous amount of work has gone into this plot to produce new beds filled with good vegetables in just over a year.
Antonia Wyld at Hertford Ave No. 32A
Very new plotholders, new raised beds were constructed and a very hard-working lady shovelled in tons of topsoil through the heat of the summer. More work in progress so a possible prize winner next year…