A PRIZE giving ceremony celebrated allotment successes in Barford.
A ‘Best Kept Allotment’ competition was held to recognise and celebrate the efforts put in by green-fingered villagers during the difficult year. The overall winner was Eugene Kennedy who was presented with his name engraved on the ‘challenge shield’.
Judging criteria included general tidiness, land utilisation, evidence of good cropping, crop variety, succession and intermittent planting, state of pathways and durability of support structures.
There were numerous awards presented by Warwick District Council leader Andrew Day. Prizes included certificates, cream teas and vouchers donated by Charlecote Garden Centre.
Roger Clay from the Joint Parish Council Allotments said: “The allotments have thrived this year possibly due to the extra time people have had to devote to their plots. Allotment holder, Carl Aspinwall, suggested that a ‘Best Kept Allotment’ competition should be held to recognise the great efforts that had been put into their cultivation and we’re delighted to have announced so many deserved winners.”
Coun Day added: “I was delighted to be asked to present these awards. Allotments are extremely good for the environment and are much more sustainable. Growing your own food locally significantly reduces our carbon footprint, as the food you grow involves less packaging and transportation than the shop bought equivalent.”