Showcasing a successful year for growers

Isla Thompson, three,  and Mia Thompson, five,  with their prize winning vegetable necklaces and flowers
Isla Thompson, three, and Mia Thompson, five, with their prize winning vegetable necklaces and flowers

Worthing Allotments and Gardens Association celebrated another successful year for amateur growers at the village show.

On Saturday, tables at Oak Grove College groaned under giant marrows, luscious trusses of red tomatoes and enough prize specimens to prove that nothing can stop a determined gardener.

Bob Bingham with his winning giant marrow

Bob Bingham with his winning giant marrow

Despite a difficult summer, there was much to celebrate at the village show.

Jack Powis, show secretary, said, “We’ve had cold, wet soil, blight and a plague of slugs, but I’m delighted with the quality of the exhibits.

“Yet again, our members have shown great skill and determination.”

“It’s designed as a fun day for the whole family.

Held at Oak Grove College, Worthing

Held at Oak Grove College, Worthing

“This year we’ve had more children’s entries than ever before, there’s a novice section so beginners are not intimidated and one a category for ‘butterfly cakes - men only’.

“We try to be as inclusive, because it’s all about joining in as part of the community.”

Serious growers presented some excellent specimens that won prizes by keeping to strict guidelines and presenting their show-stopping produce and flowers without a blemish.

One exhibitor managed to join in with an onion that looked like a duck.

Gary Thompson 'Best Newcomer in Show' with his prize winning onions

Gary Thompson 'Best Newcomer in Show' with his prize winning onions

Excellent home made cakes sustained the crowds and stalls included re-conditioned tools and honey from allotment bees.

The local branch of Men in Sheds had created what must be the most comfortable chair ever made from wood and were taking orders for more.

President Terry Edwards thanked the many volunteers who had turned up to carry tables and was particularly complimentary about the venue, Oak Grove School.

He said: “They have their own excellent gardens that we usually open up on the day and are always very helpful, so we have plenty of room for our growing audience.”

Geoff Ford with his prize winning cherry plum tomatoes

Geoff Ford with his prize winning cherry plum tomatoes

A full list of prize winners, with photographs, will appear on the website, available at www.worthingallotments.co.uk. Those interested in joining can join at any time for only £5 then renew each year for only £3. The renewal year runs from October.

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Peter Mazillius with his winning Fushia

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