Monthly Archives: January 2017

Allotment Competition 2017

The Allotment Competition is open to all members of affiliated Societies and has two Sections:

  1. Plots of less than 10 rods
  2. Plots of 10 rods and over. 10 rods are equal to 250 sq m or 300 sq yds.

Allotments are assessed by official Judges of the Federation. The judging criteria, based on the recommendations listed in the RHS Show Handbook 2008, are

  • Condition of the Plot
  • Good Workmanship
  • Quality of Crops, Flowers, Fruit, Vegetables and Plants
  • Originality of Layout and Planting
  • Ingenuity in Overcoming Local Problems
  • Visual Aspect of the Plot
  • Condition of Structures

Judging takes place on a mutually agreed date during late June/early July. There are cash prizes for the top 3 plots in each section, and Challenge Cups are awarded annually to the winners of each section and presented at the Federation AGM in February.

Do consider entering your allotment plot. The competition entry form is available here.

Iain Crawford
Allotment Competition Organiser

Peter Maunder Garden Competition 2017

The Federation is running the Peter Maunder Garden Competition again in 2017:

Anyone who is a member of an affiliated society is eligible to enter the competition.  You do not need acres of rolling park land; there is one class in the competition for all garden sizes.  The judging is based upon the suitability of the design to the site, the level of maintenance, the suitability and cultivation of the plants and the practicality of planting.  It is accepted that many gardens have more than one purpose.  Vegetable gardens are often incorporated into decorative gardens and there is the need for seating areas and play space for children. 

The competition is judged in July by Federation approved judges, and there are prizes and certificates for First, Second and Third.  The First prize winner also gets custody of the Peter Maunder Trophy for one year.  This is a memorial to one of the founding members of the Federation and it is a delightful miniature pewter wheelbarrow on a wooden stand, therefore no polishing required.  

Do consider entering your garden.  Entry forms and the judging criteria are available here.

Update: Deadline for entry has been extended to 10th June.

Suzanne Holroyd
Garden Competition Organiser