Town’s allotment society holds summer show

David and Emma Taylor, allotment show winners SUS-160729-105009001
David and Emma Taylor, allotment show winners SUS-160729-105009001

The sun was shining when the Eastbourne Allotments and Gardens Society held its annual summer show at the Gorringe Road allotment site.

The vegetable and flower show attracted a record number of 160 exhibits.

The produce exhibited was judged to be of excellent quality, despite the difficult growing conditions earlier in the year.

Eastbourne MP Caroline Ansell presented the prizes and drew the raffle tickets. The proceeds from the raffle were donated towards the raised beds fund for disabled allotment members.

The best kept allotment cup was handed out to David and Emma Taylor, the shield for best in show was won by John Dann and the best kept allotment newcomer was won by Geraldine Burgess and Andrew Wood.

The best kept disabled raised bed was awarded to Cristina and Jose Santos.

Allotment holders also enjoyed a hog roast as part of the summer show celebrations.

The Eastbourne Allotments and Gardens Society supports some 960 members, offering advice and organising events, outings and activities throughout the year.

A members-only shop supplies seeds, plants and gardening paraphernalia at discounted prices. Family membership costs £5 per year.

In addition, the society manages nearly 1,000 allotment plots on behalf of Eastbourne Borough Council.

Gardening and allotments have grown in popularity over the years. However, allotments to rent are available at many of the sites within Eastbourne.

Anyone interested in letting a plot should contact the allotment manager to make an application for a plot.

To find out more and apply contact Gwyn Hughes, EAGS Gorringe Road Allotments Eastbourne BN22 8XL, or telephone 01323 430970.

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