They will judge turnips, cabbages, carrots, chrysanthemums, and perhaps a few weeds too…
Butt do they know their onions?
Will they need to dig deep into their knowledge of manures, slugs and worms?
And is that a cabbage or a cauli sprouting over there?

Judges are announced
The Town Council has lettuce know (OK, we’ll stop now before we get a shed load of grief)…
The Town Council has announced its judges for the new Allotments Competition, one of the initiatives being introduced this year to mark the Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Working hard
The competition is open to all Whitchurch Town Council allotment holders, who are already working hard at digging, planting and cultivating to get their plots into prime condition for the judging in just over three months time.

Winchester Road Allotments

Winchester Road Allotments

The panel
The chair of the judging panel is Councillor Jackie Day, who takes on the town’s Mayoral role in two weeks time. Other judges are Jody Schekter owner of Laverstoke Park, Geoff Knappett of Newbury Building Society, Graham Burgess local garden designer, and local resident and Town Councillor Claire Isbester.

The judging, which will take place on Saturday August 18th, will look at three categories – Cultivation and cropping, Husbandry, and Environment.
First prize is a £100 hamper, donated by Jody Schekter, while the Newbury Building Society is offering £50 of gardening vouchers to the best ‘newcomer’.
The overall winner will also receive the Mayor and Mayoress’s Diamond Jubilee Shield for one year, inscribed with their name.

Further information
For further information please contact Cathy Burt, Town Clerk on 01256 892107, visit the Town Council office in the Town Hall or use the Town Council’s CONTACT FORM.

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