The hard work and resilience of the boroughs allotment plotholders for the annual Allotments Competition was recently rewarded at the 2012 Allotments Awards ceremony held at the Civic Suite in Catford. The popular competition has run for many years and is open to over 700 plotholders of the borough’s 40 Allotments sites.
Hosted by Martin Hyde (Parks Regeneration Manager) and with awards presented by Cllr Susan Wise, prizes were given for Best Allotment Plot, Best Allotment Photo, Best New Plotholder, Allotment Site Deserving Recognition and Best Allotment Site.
In the opening speech Cllr Wise recognised the huge contribution of individual plotholders and self-managed committee members in ensuring we have vibrant food growing communities, which as well as providing nutritious home grown food, also incorporate nature areas with bee hives, ponds, orchards and wildflower planting.
Congratulations go to all our plotholders and particularly to the following for their wonderful contribution to Lewisham’s Allotments –
Overall Borough Winner – Best Plot – Ms Helen Main Ellen – Trewsbury Road, Sydenham.
As well as a high standard of planting, Helen has created a beautifully crafted plot with pristine raised beds, ornate archway and eye-catching ornamentation. Her artistic touches and love of the plot are all too apparent – a well deserved winner.
Best Allotment Photo – Mr David Culpan – Dacre Park, Blackheath
The winning photo depicting peach red rose petals against deep green clippings in a compost bin shows a beautiful combination of colour, texture and originality.
Best New Plotholder – Ms Mo Joyce – Deloraine Street, Deptford
The winner of this category worked wonders on her new plot; wasting no time she has worked hard to produce an attractively laid out plot, meticulously maintained with a good variety of produce.
Site Deserving Recognition – Longton Nursery, Sydenham
The path of managing a site does not always run smoothly and this site, with underlying springs, had areas prone to flooding. When plots were becoming unmanageable the committee, undeterred and with huge input from the site Chair, Ruth Garcha, managed to secure Lottery Funding to turn the area into a communal pond with seating and bog plants. As well as this they have carried out significant clearance work at the entrance to begin creating a wildflower area. Longton Nursery are a great example of overcoming obstacles and fostering community spirit to make great improvements to their allotment.
Best Site – Trewsbury Road, Sydenham
With 60 plots, thorough and concerted effort from many members has meant this site is consistently well kept. With team effort over the years they have gone beyond the basics of site management and have also introduced Bee hives, nature pond, compost Loo and effectively engaged with members to ensure a vibrant allotment community