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Watton-at-Stone - Allotment & Gardening Association

The Allotment & Gardening Association Annual Produce Show now in its 6th Year took place in the Memorial Hall, High Street, Watton at Stone on Sunday 10th September.

Another successful year for the show which saw over 130 entries from 21 exhibitors. The Show covers vegetables, fruit, flowers, bakery items, jams & preserves and a children’s section.

The category winners chosen by the judges were as follows with the presentation of trophies made by the Rector, Revd Jenny Gray:-

  • Children’s Section: Joint Winners: Cormac Green & Max Stewart
  • Cut Flowers: Carol Moore
  • Domestic Class: Christine Green
  • Fruit & Vegetable: John Love
  • The Best in Show winner this year went to David Wilkinson’s entry of a Collection of Vegetables.
  • Congratulations to all our winners and a big thank you to all who took part in a very successful show.

    The Association also ran a Young Photographers’ Competition for the first time which proved to be a great success and the committee hope to build on this year’s success and run another competition next year. This year’s winner of the under 12 age group was Sam May and the winner of 12 to 17 group was Jesse Beach.

    A very BIG thank-you to our local businesses who kindly donated raffle prizes: Bridget B’s, The Bull, The George & Dragon, Emily Rose Hair & Beauty Boutique & Watton Village Stores. And a BIG thank-you also to the sponsors of the prizes for the Young Photographers’ Competition: Room-By- Room (UK) Ltd & S P Cranstone Ltd.

    We look forward to seeing you again in 2018.

    The Watton-at-Stone allotments are a long-established feature of the village and are situated behind the High Street on Church land. They reached their heyday during the 1939-45 war when "Dig for Victory "was the incentive to grow your own food.

    Now allotments holders grow fruit, vegetables and flowers knowing that what they produce is healthy and fresh. At the same time, they are cutting down on their household food bills and contributing to their "five a day" consumption of fruit and vegetables. Obviously, fresh air and exercise are additional benefits.

    Rents from 1st October 2015 will be £25.00 for a full plot and £12.50 for half plots. The current water charges are £6.50 for a full plot and £3.25 for a half plot. The Parish Council will be reviewing the water charges in September 2015, but don’t expect they will need to make any changes. The allotment-tenancy year runs from 1st October to 31st September. The allotments are run and administered by the Parish Council, and applications for a plot should be made to Mrs. Jane Allsop (Clerk) on 01920 830330.

    An active Allotment and Garden Association was formed in 2004 to assist village allotment-holders and gardeners in the pursuit of their hobby. Membership is free to allotment holders, but others may join for an annual subscription of £5. A Lottery grant enabled the Association to erect a rabbit-proof fence around the most vulnerable boundaries, and this has been extended to the remaining unfenced area.

    From time to time The Association makes manure available on-site, at a nominal charge. In addition, there is an agreement with another local allotment-association’s whereby canes, fertilizers and other garden sundries can be purchased at a very advantageous rate.

    In previous years a 40% discount has been obtained on packeted flower and vegetable seed from a well known national seed company. Catalogues are available in January from David Wilkinson (01920 420574) or you can email your request to wattonallotments@hotmail.co.uk with your contact details. Soft fruit bushes and plants at wholesale prices from growers of healthy certified stock can also be obtained and surplus plants from other allotment holders can usually be swapped. Advice from other allotment holders is freely available: just ask!

    The Association is run by a small committee headed by our Chairman John Love (01920 830647), and liaison with the Parish Council on allotment matters is good and advantageous to both parties. So, if you want more information about the Allotment and Garden Association or want to have a look round the allotments, give John (830647) a call.