Allotment Competition 2017
(Joint Organisers – Iain Crawford & John Eckton)
Eleven societies entered plots to be judged in the competition this year. Regrettably the number of plots entered for judging was down this year at 39 (2016 – 51).
The Entry Form for this year’s competition advised that there was a possibility that some plots may be judged twice. This did indeed occur this year. Preliminary judging of the allotments was conducted between 22nd June and 29th June. A final judging was conducted by a senior judge (not involved in the original judging) of the top three plots in each class and was designed to eliminate any inconsistency between the different preliminary judging teams and this judge’s results determined the final standings of these.
The result of the judging was as follows:
10 Rods & Over
1st Mr I Haussauer Bramshott, Liphook & District Horticultural Society
2nd Mrs K Beale Emsworth Horticultural Society
3rd Mr G Fryers Waterlooville & Cowplain Allotments & Gardens Association
Mr Haussauer and Mrs Beale were awarded Diplomas of Special Merit. Diplomas of Merit were awarded to Mr G Fryers; Mr B Dickinson (Aldershot & District Allotment Association) 4th; Mr M Hill (Waterlooville & Cowplain Allotments & Gardens Association) 5th; Mrs A Cook (Aldershot & District Allotment Association) 6th.
Under 10 Rods
1st Mr R Patterson West End Garden & Allotment Association
2nd Mrs J Standish Totton & District Gardeners Society
3rd Mr J Gilbert Bramshott, Liphook & District Horticultural Society
Mr Patterson was awarded a Diploma of Special Merit. Diplomas of Merit were awarded to Mrs Standish and Mr Gilbert.
We are extremely grateful to all the eleven societies who entered the competition this year and congratulations to all the plotholders themselves for providing such excellent plots to be judged.
Also our thanks go to all the judges for taking the time to judge all the entries spread throughout the county.
Sparsholt College holds a collection of Hampshire and Isle of Wight Apples.
Following the apple harvest in late September, we have planned to display the collection at various local sites during the autumn.
Here are the details:
30 September – ALFI – Alton Local Food Initiative (https://altonlocalfood.org.uk/)
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Methodist Church Hall, Alton
Coffee and homemade cakes, soup using local ingredients and bread, apple tasting
1 October – Houghton Lodge (http://houghtonlodge.co.uk/houghton-lodge-gardens-apple-day/) Stockbridge
2 October – Oakley Garden Club for their October evening meeting @ 7.30pm
7 & 8 October – West Green House, Nr Hook (http://westgreenhouse.co.uk/)
15 October – Alresford Apple Festival (https://10times.com/apple-festiva)
21 & 22 October – Winchester City Mill – Apple Harvest Weekend (https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/events/aef3bbe0-619c-486a-94ba-980d57d4ea45/pages/details)
Mr. Chris Bird, M.Hort (RHS) of Sparsholt College, Winchester, along with some of his former students, will be attending these events. Hopefully, the following local apples will be included in the display: Bramshott Rectory, Howgate Wonder and Sir John Thornycroft.
‘Heritage Apples’ are varieties not found in most shops and supermarkets. These are historic apples that were grown eighty or so years ago when the UK was full of orchards. Many orchards along with a large variety of apples have since disappeared.
Chris will also be able to provide skilled advice on Apple Identification.