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Peter Maunder Garden Competition 2018

Is now open for entries …

The Peter Maunder Garden Competition is held annually in July.  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 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 here.

Deadline = 31st May

Suzanne Holroyd
Garden Competition Organiser

Allotment Competition 2018

The Allotment Competition is now open for entries!

It is open to all members of affiliated Societies for:

  1. Plots of less than 10 rods
  2. Plots of 10 rods and over

Allotments are assessed by official Judges of the Federation 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.

Entry Deadline 21st May

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

Iain Crawford
Allotment Competition Organiser

West Moors Horticultural Society Summer Show Report

On Saturday 26th August West Moors Horticultural Society held their Summer show in the Memorial Hall  It was a glorious day and despite being a bank holiday there were numerous visitors through the doors.

Although we have had a difficult growing season we had 430 exhibits or an excellent standard and comments from the judges were very favourable.  Rob Marks won the Dahlia Championship and Bill Howarth the Banksian Medal for most points in Horticultural. The winners for Best in Sections were Dave Manston for Vegetables, Bill Howarth for Fruit, Rosemary Drake for Flowers and Best in all Horticultural, Jean Richardson for Floral Art, Sylvia Barrett for Homecrafts and Denis Richardson for Photography.  It was a show that the members of our society should be proud of.

Sue Hamlett


Allotment Competition 2017 – Results

                                                                       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.

Iain Crawford


Apple Days with Sparsholt’s Apple Collection

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 (
Harvest Feast
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 ( Stockbridge

2 October – Oakley Garden Club for their October evening meeting @ 7.30pm

7 & 8 October – West Green House, Nr Hook (

15 October – Alresford Apple Festival (

21 & 22 October – Winchester City Mill – Apple Harvest Weekend (

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.

Martin Burr