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Gardeners’ delight at winning awards
PLANT your roots deep and success will surely follow – that is according to Worcester gardeners who have picked up an armful of trophies.
The tenants of Perdiswell allotments – the biggest allotment site in Worcester with 105 plots – picked up more than half of the gongs at an annual awards ceremony.
Dan Robb, the site’s allotment rep, said he was delighted with the results.
The weather has played havoc with many gardens, with higher than average rainfall over the summer, making growing a tougher challenge for gardeners.
Judging is done by the Worcester Allotment Forum’s Andy Allen and Bill Simpson, who has previously adjudicated at Chelsea Flower Show.
During the awards ceremony at the Guildhall, the city’s allotment holders were given trophies for special categories, including Best New Tenant and gold, silver gilt, silver and bronze certificates for individual achievements.
Perdiswell took away four of the five prestigious trophies, including Best Tenant and Plot for Paul Lodge; Best New Tenant for Daniel Bailey; Best Polytunnel for Brian Sampson; and Best Site.
Mr Robb said the Best Site award made every one of the tenants a winner.
The site also took away seven of the 12 gold certificate winners, six silver gilt, 15 silver, and 13 bronze. Mr Robb said the awards were a good way of giving new tenants targets to aim for.
“I go around my plots every year and encourage them to enter and the results are always very good,” he said.
“People put such a lot into their allotments, it’s right they get something for it.
“With the weather we’ve had this year, I think they’ve done really well.”