Gardeners rewarded in Bourne Town Council’s allotment contest

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THE three winners of a best kept allotment competition have been named.

At Tuesday night’s meeting of Bourne Town Council, certificates, shields and The Cliffe Cup were presented to the winners of the annual competition.

The competition is run by the town council, which owns the allotment site in South Fen Road, Bourne. The site contains 109 plots.

The allotments were independently judged by Sue Hadfield, Jim and Brenda Jones and Janet Stubbs, who each visited the site on separate occasions in June and awarded scores.

The top prize was won by Keith Watson, who has been a tenant on the site since August 1996 and was the overall winner of the competition in 2007, 2010, 2011.

Mr Watson, who was awarded with The Cliffe Cup, said: “It is a bit of an honour to be able to say you have the best garden.

“I’m retired so I have a lot of time on my hands to spend at the allotment.”

Runner-up in the overall category was June Leclerc, who narrowly missed out on the top spot.

The judges commented on Mrs Leclerc’s good variety of healthy-looking plants and impressive weed free area, showing good environmental awareness.

Winner of the Mayor’s Prize for special efforts was Richard Lambert who was praised for transforming the plot he took over in February 2007.

Mr Lambert inherited a plot which had become overgown and with the help of his wife Jean has turned it into a plot worthy of coming third in the overall category.

The winner in the novice category, which is for gardeners who have only had an allotment since January 2011, was Mr Richard Neal.

Town Clerk Nelly Jacobs said: “Bourne Town Council is very grateful to the judges who have given up their time to painstakingly look at every allotment at South Fen Road and make a decision.

“Without these judges the competition could not be held and for this I would like to say a special thank you.

“The council is very grateful for the enthusiasm and commitment the majority of tenants are showing which is reflecting very positively on the site at South Fen Road.”