The BHAS Annual Show will be held on Sunday, 11th September 2022 at Hertford Avenue Allotments, open to all.

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!

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

  • Mixed flowers in a vase, arrange as you wish
  1. A single variety of flowers in vase
  2. Dahlias x 6 stems, same variety
  3. Largest diameter Sunflower Head x 1
  4. 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.

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.

BHAS SOCIETY AWARDS

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

Here are some guidelines from Mary Enache on how the best plots are judged:

“I  judge the allotments by marking out of 100, with approximately 35% for quantity and quality of produce, 35% for overall appearance( design, not too many weeds, tidy paths..) and 30% for  crop protection, care for the environment (ponds, flowers to attract insects, organic gardening)and recycling/composting.”

The above schedule shows all the classes in the Show.

Due to space constraints, exhibitors may only enter one exhibit per class.

A cup is awarded to the exhibitor with the most points, which are awarded as follows:          First prize 3 points, Second prize 2 points, Third prize 1 point