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Horticultural Show and Allotment Regeneration

Horticultural Show

I’ve not been down to the plot since Tuesday, between the weather and other things it just hasn’t happened, but I’ve not been totally away from the allotment world.

The Crewe and Nantwich Allotment and Gardeners had their annual show on Saturday. On the Friday night, I got a call from John Carver, who is the chairman of the local National Vegetable Society branch, to ask if I could whip up some leaflets and things as he was putting a stand up in the morning.

That was at 8pm and six hours later I’d churned out a load of leaflets and some posters to advertise our local branch. Larry picked them up on Saturday morning (I was still having my first cuppa and squinting at the light) and I got down to the show just after lunchtime.

John had done his usual superb job and was looking dapper in his NVS tie and blazer but was still overshadowed by the wonderful onions, carrots, parsnips, cauliflowers and cabbages on his stand. The onions were part of a display that won an RHS Gold Medal at Tatton Park.

He’d entered some of his carrots and other veggies in the show and was only challenged by John Bebbington’s entries. He was off judging another show (he’s an NVS judge as well) In the other vegetable classes, the mortals had a chance and Larry’s wife Gaynor won a first with a rather good sweetcorn.

Allotment Regeneration

New in the show were Nicki and Garry West from Ford Lane Allotments. They had a stand promoting their site and showing a wide range of vegetables grown there. They’ve turned the site round from a derelict wasteland to a good allotment site. One interesting point they made was that the vandalism has fallen since the kids no longer see the site as being rough land.

They keep chickens on their plot and I can testify the eggs are superb.

I’ve put up a page about the change to the site – it’s quite amazing the difference on Ford Lane Allotments

Monday we went down to my brother-in-law’s in the afternoon and took a look at his new plot. He’s got his work cut out with brambles, couch and the derelict brick base of an old greenhouse. Managed to work out a plan of action with him. He’s got three apples, a pear and a damson tree on the plot. Looks as if they haven’t been pruned for about 4 or 5 years, shouldn’t take him more than a day or two!!

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