WISBECH allotment tenants have been praised for their efforts in the annual Wisbech Town Council prize-presentation on Thursday at The Institute.
Gallant growers battled against the elements but still achieved a very high standard. Prizes for continued excellence went to Darren Dodd of Waterlees, P Veal of Dowgate and A Francis of Dowgate.
Winner of the Most Improved was John Epicoco with Mark Crawford at Cox’s Lane the runner-up.
The judges were stunned at the diversity and productiveness in the Best Kitchen Garden category and felt many plots could have been winners.
After much thought, first place was given to the Canhams for their colourful and diverse plot. Runner-up was Vaida Kiezaite at Dowgate with Regimantas Krukonis at Waterlees third.
The Bring & Share Festival saw judging for entries in the allotment produce competition.
Great effort was made in both standard of produce and presentation in such a difficult year and, as a result, a category was made for a scarecrow and this was won by an Olympic-themed, self-portrait from David Judd.
Other results: Vegetables - 1st Chris Coward for red onions; Fruit -1st David Judd for redcurrants; Flowers 1st Mo Wright; From Plot to Plate - 1st Maureen Norgate with bramble jelly.
The prizes for allotment gardens were presented by Cllr Michael Hill, Chairman of the Allotments Committee, the prizes for the Bring & Share were presented by Wisbech Mayor Viv MacRae.
The Leslie Sims trophy in memory of the former town councillor and mayor, was presented by Brenda Mitchell to David Judd as the overall winner of Best in Show and the 2012 Bring & Share Festival.