At the Community Services Meeting on Monday evening, Newbury Town Council presented awards to tenants who were judged to have kept the best allotment plots on each site. This year 20 awards were given out, including ‘Best Newcomer’, ‘Best Plots’, ‘Best Schools Plot’ and ‘Best Site Overall’.
The plots were judged on a number of different criteria which included the overall visual impact, effective use of plot, produce variation, pathway condition and any special provisions for wildlife. The judges commended the efforts made by tenants, there were some ‘bug hotels’, ‘bee tubes’ and ponds so that amphibious creatures could thrive in the area. The judges were amazed at the ingenious ways that the allotment tenants utilised the space they have.
A trophy was presented to Mrs. Marion Fenn, Steward at the Wash Common Site, after they were judged to be the best site overall. The competition was very close but the Wash Common site, was judged to be marginally ahead of the other five sites, which were all highly rated.
An award was also given to Falkland Primary School who tend an allotment plot at Wash Common.
Cllr Martin Colston, Leader of the Council said: “Councillors very much enjoyed visiting the 6 allotment sites on 3 evenings in August. There is so much variation, and all of our allotment tenants are to be commended on their efforts year round. There are around 550 plots in
Newbury, ranging from large to small, with a variety of tenants, from people who have had a plot for years to newcomers and new families to the site who are so enthusiastic”.
He continued, “We do have some vacancies at our sites so if anyone is interested in seeing how they can benefit from growing their own produce and enjoying the fresh air, please do contact our Community Services Team on 01635 35486”.