The BHAS Annual Show will be held on Sunday, 12th September 2021 at Hertford Avenue Allotments, open to all.

Download a full list of the Annual Show categories along with tips for exhibiting here

About the day

A highlight of the allotment year, the Annual Show is a great family day out. It’s a good opportunity to meet your fellow plot holders and enjoy some delicious food. We encourage everyone to participate and enter their plot grown produce. For anyone who hasn’t entered their plot gown fruit, vegetables, flowers or herbs before, please don’t be put off – this isn’t Chelsea Flower Show!

Your entries don’t have to be perfect – just remember:

  • Biggest is not always best.
  • Try to show entries that are pest and disease free.
  • Where an entry comprises several items choose ones that are as near as possible the same size and shape.
  • Give yourself plenty of time, and if you can, prepare at least some of your entries the night before.
  • Read your schedule carefully and when you pick up your show cards on Sunday morning.  Make sure to write your name clearly and put your exhibit in the right place.
  • Finally, and most importantly, HAVE FUN!

This year the format for the Annual Show will be slightly different to normal so that we can make sure the event is safe for plot holders and volunteers alike, due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Show schedule and categories
We have reduced the number of categories for the show, primarily baking and preserves. Full details can be found below. Do take a look and start planning what you would like to enter! Exhibitor’s cards can be collected from the Shed on Saturday 11th Sept between 11.00 – 12.00 or on the day from 9.00. Exhibits should be brought to the exhibition tent on Sunday morning between 10.00 – 11.45. We ask that exhibitors bring their own white plates.

Food and refreshments
This year we are inviting you to bring your own lunch picnic to eat on your plot. We will, however, have tea, coffee, squash and cakes available in the early afternoon from 13.00. If you would like to contribute cakes or cookies you are welcome to drop them off anytime from 10.00 onwards on the tea table (close to the entrance of Hertford Avenue). All contributions welcome!

Plant Stall
We will also have a plant stall at the show. Please consider planting up a flower pot or two over the next few weeks with any spare perennial plants or maybe some cuttings from fruit bushes ready to donate to the plant stall in September.

Raffle
Do you have any donations for the raffle? We would be grateful to receive items including bottles, tickets to events and gift vouchers etc. Please contact us about with any donations.

Event information

Location: Hertford Avenue allotments (entrance opposite Richmond Park Academy)

10.00 – 11.45am  All exhibits must be brought to the tent, together with an exhibitors card and arranged in the appropriate class. Please bring your own plates if possible.

12.00 Tent is closed for judging

13.00  Bring your own Picnic lunch and tent is open for viewing. Refreshments including tea, cake and squash are available.

15.00 Prize giving.

15.30 Exhibitors should collect their exhibits.

Tips for Exhibitors

  • Uniformity of size, shape and colour is important
  • All vegetables should be cleaned and roots washed. No blemishes if possible.
  • Cut beans and similar with scissors and leave stalks attached
  • Root crops should have tops trimmed to about 8cm.
  • Tomatoes and fruit should have the calyx/stalks left on if possible

ANNUAL SHOW SCHEDULE AND CATEGORIES

VEGETABLES

  1. Aubergines x 2
  2. Peppers x 3
  3. Chili peppers x 4
  4. Beetroot x 4 – with 8cm of tops
  5. French Beans x 6 – any colour, any type (keep stalks on)
  6. Runner Bean x 6 (keep stalks on)
  7. Carrot x 4 – with 8cm carrot tops
  8. Courgette x 4
  9. Cucumber x 1
  10. Garlic x 3
  11. Marrow x 1- no longer than 38 cm (15 inches)
  12. Onions x 4 – outer skins only removed (leave 3 inches of stem)
  13. Shallots x 6
  14. Potatoes x 4
  15. Pumpkin / Squash x 1
  16. Sweetcorn x 2 (with outer leaves)
  17. Beef tomato x 4 – with stalks
  18. Cherry tomato x 6 – with stalks
  19. Medium tomato x 4 – with stalks
  20. Mixed vegetables – 1 each of 5 kinds (presentation up to you!)
  21. Any vegetable x 1 (this is for any vegetable NOT in the above categories)
  22. Biggest vegetable x 1
  23. Herbs in a jam jar – please write a list of the herbs you display and place with the jar

FRUIT

  1. Apples x 4
  2. Top fruit (pears, plums, quinces, etc.) any kind x 4
  3. Soft fruit, any kind x 10 (where possible leave stems)
  4. Any other fruit

FLOWERS

28. Mixed flowers in a vase, arrange as you wish

29. A single variety of flowers in vase

30. Dahlias x 6 stems, same variety

31. Largest diameter Sunflower Head x 1

32. Tallest Sunflower plant inc. Head x 1

CHILDREN

34a. Aged up to 10 years. Mini garden on a seed tray – create your own miniature garden.

34b. Aged 11 – 18 years. Mini garden on a seed tray – create your own miniature garden.

35a. Aged up to 10 years. Vegetable monster/pet – decorate and create using vegetables, fruit and/or herbs.

35b. Aged 11 – 18 years. Vegetable monster/pet – decorate and create using vegetables, fruit and/or herbs.

BHAS SOCIETY AWARDS

  • Plot of the Year
  • Best Newcomer’s Plot
  • Show Person of the Year (for most points scored in show)

COOKERY

All entries must be correct to the schedule.

  1. A glass jar of homemade fruit jam, any kind
  2. A Victoria Sponge Cake – your family’s favourite recipe
  3. A glass jar of homemade chutney, any kind

Make us laugh

  1. ‘Make us laugh’ category for the funniest or weirdest shaped Vegetable or Fruit – open to all ages.