Search for Hailsham’s most attractive allotment

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ALLOTMENT keepers across Hailsham are invited to enter a competition to find the town’s most attractive plot.

Hailsham Town Council’s Hailsham In Bloom committee is hosting the Best Kept Allotment competition throughout June and all of the council’s allotment holders are automatically entered.

The judges will be looking for variety and quality of the crop(s), environmental sustainability, control of weeds and litter, effective use of compost, use of grey water and mulch (and other water conservation activities), and the general appearance of the plot.

Councillor Richard Grocock, the deputy town mayor and chairman of the Hailsham In Bloom Committee, said, “Who says gardening isn’t competitive?

“Allotment holders often put in a lot of time and commitment to keep a plot in an excellent growing condition and this competition is an opportunity for such people to receive the recognition they deserve for their efforts.

“I have been especially impressed with the type of produce allotment tenants have been growing in Hailsham over the past few years, and will be delighted to acknowledge the efforts of growers entering the competition again this year.”

The Hailsham Horticultural Society will be judging individual plots and the winner will be announced shortly before the South & South East in Bloom judges’ tour in early July.

The closing date for all privately owned allotment holders (which are not entered automatically) is Friday June 15. Entry forms can be downloaded at hailshaminbloom.org and are available to collect at the town council offices, Inglenook, Market Street.

For further information about the competition, contact Hailsham Town Council on 841702.