Winners of this year’s allotment competition have been announced. Judged by Allan Cavill, former Regional Director of the National Society of Allotment Gardeners, together with Debbie Rugg, the winning allotment holders are as follows:
Best Managed: Mrs Ketcher Plot 11
Most Ecological: Mr & Mrs Ronson and Matt Darch Plot 7
Best Newcomer: Nigel baker Plot 59
Best Cultivated: Mr Capell and Mr & Mrs Gillingham Plot 17
The Basins allotments alongside Wellington Sports Centre are owned by Taunton Deane Borough Council who are required by law to provide land and prevent building.
The popularity of allotment gardening has increased in recent years due to the rising profile of ‘green’ issues and self-sufficiency. Allotments provide not only low-cost food but also recreation, social contacts and healthy physical activity. Demand for plots is increasing and many have a long waiting-list.