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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

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

HIHS Summer Show Report

The recent heat wave had its effects on the roses and sweet peas being nurtured by exhibitors for the Hayling Island Horticultural Society’s Summer Show on Saturday 24th June, but nobody would have known.  The Community Centre hall, enhanced by the draped ceiling for following event, was filled with exciting colours and entrancing perfumes.  A good number of disabled visitors and their companions took advantage of the 1.30pm early entry and there were 50 tickets sold in the first half hour with yet again a record attendance of over 270.

The Royal National Rose Society Bronze Medal was won by Tony Ashford who exhibited the Most Outstanding Rose in all classes.  For the same perfect bloom he also won the Ken Trowell Trophy for the best rose in Open classes 2 – 6, whilst Mike Hill won the Brooks Cup for most prize money in Open Rose classes.  Judge Barry Moore stated that heat had been a great problem this year but “There were some exceedingly nice roses.”  He was looking for “size, form and centre.”

The Sweet Peas provided a feast for the eyes and judge, Dave Manston said that the display was surprising, considering the heat stress, and that the blooms were to the national standard, probably better than ones at the National Show the following weekend as they will have shorter stalks, being produced 10 days after the heat wave.

The Floral Art judge, Maureen Lawes, had a long task as there were 20 exhibits, covering the entire back wall of the hall.  She stated that the standard was high and she wrote a long comment for every exhibit.  The results were:  “Cascade” – Pauline Phillips; “I am Sailing” – Linda Jones; “Shades of Green” – Christina Jones; Judge’s Personal Choice Diploma – Linda Jones; Cherry’s Vase – Pauline Griffiths.  Christina Jones’ exhibit was an amusing depiction of “Ten green bottles hanging on the wall.”

The Handicrafts section was well entered.  Jan Holmes won first prizes for her man’s barbecue apron with pockets for beer and water and her sitting room caddy whilst Carole Burton won the knitted item class with a striking purple scarf and headband set.  Junior Toby Pyatt won the collage class with his candle holder and Ron Duffield won a first with his Hayling cherry wood turned bowl.

The Cookery classes were very well supported. Hazel Phillips won the Focaccia bread and Lemon Meringue Pie classes whilst Kay Hawkins won with her Coffee Sponge and Scones.  100 year-old Doreen Beavan won a third prize for her lemon meringue pie.  She still enters cookery and craft items after many years of supporting the society.  The Men Only class for a Cherry Cake was won by John Grant, entering something for the very first time.   Judge Ann Wright praised the very high standard and said that Peter Bolter’s winning Strawberry Jam was “simply sublime.”  The Gridley Printers Salver for most points in Cookery classes was won by Marilyn Naunton-Evans.

Show Manager Tim Speller produced a winning trug of produce and was delighted to be presented with the Yvonne Hughes Trophy for most points in members’ classes 37 – 42.  Chief Steward John Lark won a first for his unusual pomegranate plant in full bloom.

The Junior classes are always loved by visitors and they did not disappoint, with paintings, plants, papier mâché constructions and photographs.  The Miller Mug for most points was won by Toby Pyatt.

As always, I apologise for not mentioning all winners, but with 108 classes and 14 trophies and prizes, it’s difficult.

The plant stall was amazing and people walked away with great bargains; the tombola was very busy and the afternoon teas were as popular as ever.  The prizes were presented by County Councillor (and HIHS member) Lance Quantrill and the Schools Garden Challenge prizes by judge Jan Holmes on behalf of Hayling Lions Club.  Show Manager Tim Speller thanks all who put the show together for their effort.

Jan Mitchell
HIHS Publicity Officer

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