The third annual Lockwood Parish Council Best Allotment Competition presentation evening was held on Thursday 17th September 2015 in the Parish Council office at Moordale Court in Lingdale. The event was well attended by Councillors and Allotment tenants.
The big winner of this year's competition was a new tenant, Darren Bennison. Darren took over an overgrown plot on the Lingdale Playing Field site in September last year and within 12 months has turned the plot into an award winning demonstration of what can be achieved with a bit of thought and a lot of hard work. Darren's plot number 1 on Lingdale Playing Field won the Most Improved Allotment on the Lingdale site, was judged to be the Best on Site and the overall winner across all five sites. He was presented with certificates to mark each award, the engraved Best Allotment Shield and a small trophy to record his achievement by Parish Council and Allotment Committee Chairman, Mike Jefferson.
Other 'Best on Site' winners were Mr Peter & Charles Jenkins (plot 8&9 at Moorcock Row), Mrs Susan Medcalf (Plot 8 at Moorsholm), Mr Alan Hogarth (Plots 17-20 at Kilton Lane) and Mr Bruce Husband (Plot 1&2 Boosbeck).
A new scoring system was introduced this year with each of our six judges scoring each plot out of 10 against the following criteria:-
General upkeep of buildings, internal hedges, fencing and pathways.
Plot clear of weeds and rubbish
Use of composters, water butts and recycled materials
Variety of produce
Quality of produce
Plots with livestock were also scored additionally on
Livestock habitat and well being