Gardener’s plot takes top spot

Teresa Mclean, from Witham-on-the-Hill, won the national Kitchen Garden of the Year competition, sponsored by Hotpoint
Teresa Mclean, from Witham-on-the-Hill, won the national Kitchen Garden of the Year competition, sponsored by Hotpoint
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A green-fingered woman is celebrating after her vegetable plot was named the best in the country in a national competition.

Teresa McLean, from Witham-on-the-Hill, won the small kitchen garden category in the national Kitchen Garden of the Year competition.

The competition, sponsored by Hotpoint, was launched to celebrate the new Active Oxygen fridge freezer, which keeps food fresh for longer, and people were invited to submit photos of their vegetable plots on Hotpoint’s Facebook page.

The judging panel, which included cook Valentine Warner, were impressed by Theresa’s sense of style and creative use of space. They also commented on the vast variety of high quality produce she had packed into a small space.

She has won £1,000 and a fridge freezer, worth £500.

Teresa, 64, said: “I’m absolutely thrilled to have won the title of Kitchen Garden of the Year, especially against such tough competition. When I found out that I’d won I actually jumped up and down and screamed.

“I grow most everyday vegetables from seeds, but I have also experimented with more unusual produce, like butternut squash and gooseberries.”

Teresa, who also grows herbs, said her love for growing food was rekindled two years ago when she built raised beds because there was a lack of fresh vegetables in nearby 
shops.