Top allotment holders pick up prizes at ceremony

Bourne mayor David Higgs with the family which won the mayor's prize for special efforts. From left, mother Sue Willey, granddaughter Lana Free and daughter Angie Free
Bourne mayor David Higgs with the family which won the mayor's prize for special efforts. From left, mother Sue Willey, granddaughter Lana Free and daughter Angie Free
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The four winners of a best kept allotment competition run by Bourne Town Council have been named.

Certificates, shields and the Cliffe Cup were presented to the winners of the annual competition at a meeting of Bourne Town Council on September 10.

The allotments in South Fen Road, Bourne, were independently judged by Sue Hadfield, Janet Stubbs, and Brian and Jacky Summers, who each visited the site and awarded scores.

The top prize was won by Malcolm Sleight, who has been a tenant on the site since January 2001 and has quite a history in this competition.  

Mr Sleight was the winner of the novice category in 2002 and in 2003 he was awarded first place overall.

The judges commented that the weed control and cultivation was excellent and praised the fact there were lots of recycled materials being used on his plot.

Mr Sleight was presented with a certificate, shield and the Cliffe Cup.

The runner-up in the overall category was the longest standing tenant on the site Alan Parrish.

The winner in the novice category, which is only open to tenants since January 2011, was won by David Jackson.

The winner of the mayor’s prize for special efforts was Angie Free.

Mrs Free took on tenancy of an overgrown plot in January and with the help of her family has worked hard to bring the plot up to scratch. She came close to winning the novice category.

The judges said the Free family are taking recycling to a new level, building a greenhouse with recycled bottles.