Best Allotment in Loughton 2016

Loughton Town Council
Press Release

Celebrating local residents’ achievements was the order of the day at the prize giving event​ ​​held at the Willingale Road Allotments site on Monday evening, 12 September 2016. The​ ​presentations were made by the Town Mayor, Councillor Carol Davies who thanked​ ​everyone who took part in the competition for their hard work and commitment in producing​ ​wonderful gardens and produce of the highest standard.

Over 350 allotments at the Loughton Potato Ground, Roding Road, and Willingale Road​ were inspected by representatives from the three allotment sites over three days and 46​ ​plots were shortlisted. The final judging took place on Wednesday 27 July and the Town​ ​Council is very thankful to Alec Hague, an allotment gardener with 40 plus years’ experience​ ​from Ongar who carried out this task accompanied by the Deputy Town Clerk.

The Best Allotment in Loughton 2016 was awarded to Brian Smith, for plot 20 at the​ ​Loughton Potato Ground. Brian received a large silver cup which he will hold for eleven​ ​months, a smaller replica cup to keep, a £25 garden voucher and a certificate.

Alec Hague commented that Brian’s plot was ‘WOW – an enormous variety of crops, the only​ ​plot to achieve maximum number of points for its crops’. Alec was unaware at the time that​ ​Brian had previously won the Best Allotment in Loughton in both 2012 and 2013.

The Runner Up was Leslie Ford for plot 122 at the Roding Road allotments, who received a​ ​silver salver to keep and a certificate. Alec commented the plot was “beautifully kept, brilliant​ ​plot only second by the smallest of margins.

The Best Newcomer Award was awarded to Des Conor, plot 64 at the Roding Road​ ​allotments, who received a large shield to keep for 11 months and a small replica to keep​ ​with a certificate. Des had only been allotment gardening for 1 year and Alec commented​ ​that his plot was “brilliant for only 1 year’s work”

Other winners were Teresa Witham, plot 53 and Emily Russell, plot 3 at the Willingale Road​ ​Allotments, Jan Boucek, plot 17 and Rosie Partridge, plot 80 at the Loughton Potato Ground​ ​and Dave Robinson, plot 5 and George Hartwell, plots 32a & 32a at the Roding Road​ ​Allotments who were highly​ ​commended. Five other allotment holders across the three​ ​allotments sites were commended for their efforts and received certificates.

Note to Editor:
This is the eighth year of the Best Allotment in Loughton to help raise the profile of allotments​ ​and celebrate the work of the gardeners.
The Town Council is fully committed to the provision of allotment sites in Loughton with a​ ​secure future. These should be affordable, fully tenanted, well appointed, well managed and​ ​maintained, open to all, and valued by the communities they serve. Such sites also make a​ ​positive contribution to the landscape and local biodiversity.
The competition, arranged by the Town Council, is for all allotment holders in Loughton. The​ ​allotments in Loughton are The Potato Ground, Roding​ ​Road and Willingale Road.

​Brian Smith (right) with Loughton Town Mayor (Cllr Carol Davies) (centre) and Des​ ​Connor​ ​(left)

For more information contact:
Shirley Haynes 020 8508 4200

14 September 2016

Overall winner for Best Allotment in Loughton – Brian Smith plot Brian Smith

Commended– Di Rhodes