Successful 2018 BHAS Annual Show

Thanks to all those who attended the Annual Show on 2 September 2018.

Over a hundred people attended the show and many entered their best vegetables, fruits, flowers, baked goods, jams, and creative endeavours for judging.

The BBQ boasted burgers, sausages, quiche, and a selection of amazing homemade salads.  After eating and socialising, it was time to announce the winners and prizes.


View the full list of the BHAS Allotment Show Winners for 2018 as well as photos from the day.

Thanks to all those who entered and congrats to all the winners!

The raffle was a big attraction, and with prizes such as books about gardening, an original print from a local artist, and a bottle of homemade wine, it was no surprise.  The bake sale also showed off the amazing baking skills of the BHAS members, like these delicious Allotment Show 2018 cupcakes.


There was also a very popular plant sale where many attendees picked up a variety of plants grown by BHAS members and donated for sale.


Special thanks

Our thanks go out to the orchestrator of the event, Halina Kessler, along with the many volunteers who helped to set up and clean up on the day.  Our sincere gratitude go to the judges, Mary Thorp and David Bradshaw, for volunteering their time to judge the vegetable and baking show entries.

Judges hard at work

We’d also like to thank the Ginger Pig in Barnes, a local butcher, for their delicious sausages and burgers, which were a big hit for our BBQ, and local garden centre, Adrian Hall, for donating a plant for the day’s raffle.

Thanks to all who attended and we look forward to next year’s show!


Mary Thorp, one of the judges, has notes from the day.

What a beautiful day for a late summer show on the allotments with warm sunshine and, miracles of miracles, not a breath of wind to blow away the entries!

The weather this year with the long cold winter and spring and dry, very hot summer probably explains why there were less entries. So:

  • no carrots (they do not always germinate in high temperatures)
  • runner beans become “stringy” without galleons of water
  • potatoes have less slug damage this year but have not grown very big in the hot sunlight
  • no garlic and few onions – both tend to go to flower in extreme weather conditions unless given protection (though there doesn’t seem to have been much allium mite around this year – probably the cold winter killed some of them off); and
  • no sweetcorn on show but then I know many of you have given up the fight with the foxes and badgers!

Despite the difficult conditions, a fabulous collection of tomatoes were on display, some superb pumpkins (including John Pagett’s which was one of the biggest I have ever seen) and Mark’s fine, prize-winning cabbage with hardly a sign of a slug bite.

The single variety flower vases were lovely but no Dahlias and I know there are some beauties growing on many allotments; surprisingly, few entries of apples and other fruits when there are bumper crops of many “top fruits” on the plots.

The children’s entries were a joy to judge. Amazing “out-of-this-world” veggy monsters – especially Isla and Freddy Dawson’s turtle – and the miniature gardens were tiny works of art (some budding garden designers here?).  The pictures were lovely, particularly Lottie and Milly’s joint creation.

It was really good to see some new names entering!


Annual Show and Great Allotment Bake Off 2018

Mark your calendars

The BHAS Annual Show and Great Allotment Bake Off will be held on Sunday, 2 September 2018 at Hertford Avenue Allotments, open to all from 1:00-3:00pm.  View the event information here and start to prep your entries today.

There will be cakes, preserves and plants for sale plus a BBQ & Social, children’s activities, and a raffle.

Show categories

View the categories here along with helpful exhibiting tips.  Entries are welcome from all BHAS members*, whether you are a novice or veteran (exhibitors 10 – 11.45 am, judging 12 – 1pm) in both vegetables, flowers, and baking categories.  We are also including a new children’s category this year for the best courgettes pet!

*If you’re not a BHAS member, you can join on the day.  


The show runs every year thanks to the efforts of the BHAS and allotment community.  If you would like to volunteer on the day or can bring a prize or baked goods/ preserves for us to sell, please email so we can make sure we have everything needed on the day.

We are looking for:

  • Prizes for the raffle. These can be items or experiences (for example, tickets to an event or offering an hour of your time to weed someone else’s plot!)
  • Plants we can sell. Please label these with the name and colour of flower (where appropriate).
  • Cakes and preserves we can sell. Jams and chutney are always popular. We need plenty of cakes and cupcakes too, which can be sold with teas.
  • Volunteers to support judges x2 (no experience required!)
  • Volunteers to help prepare food x2 (on Saturday, 1 September)

We look forward to seeing you there!

Richmond Council Allotment Competition Judging Begins 13 August

The judging for this year’s Richmond Council Allotment Competition will take place the week beginning 13 August.

You can enter the competition by contacting your committee or the allotments office.

Prizes will be awarded for 1st 2nd and 3rd overall winners and best novice.  Novices will be plot holder’s who joined their site after 1 June 2017.

Judging will be based on the following criteria:

  • Quality of crops – 25 points
  • Variety of crops – 25 points
  • Cleanliness – 20 points
  • Pest and disease control – 10 points
  • Companion planting/originality – 10 points
  • Compost – 10 points

Entries must be received by the Richmond Council Allotment Office by Friday, 10 August.

The 2017 winners are on the Council website.

The allotment office can be contacted at or 020 8831 6110.

Good luck to all who enter!

2018 Allotment Open Day

Note: This information was posted on the previous version of the website. We didn’t want to lose this information, so we have transferred it to this post.


Sunday, 13 May 2018 was the Allotment Open Day

The sun shone on the Open Day for allotment holders and visitors. As usual the ever-popular plant stall and food and drink stalls had people queuing up, children hunted out the sights to be seen in I-Spy Bingo and there were prizes to be won in the raffle. Also, when Waitrose were asked  to donate to the raffle, they offered to give the Allotment Society a slot in their ‘Community Matters’ scheme for June. Each month 3 local organisations share £1,000 which is divvied up according to their share of the votes (the  green tokens collected from the checkout) , so remember next month to pick up your token and put it in the East Sheen Allotments box!

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