Astley Bridge plot named Bolton's best allotment
HAPPY WINNERS Christine and Bernard Fallon, of Florence Avenue allotments, celebrate winning the New Tennants trophy.
LITTLE patches of home-grown beauty scooped gongs in Bolton’s annual allotments awards.
The three winners from across the town were presented with their awards by the Mayor of Bolton Cllr Colin Shaw for helping to create an urban oasis.
Fiona Berry, of Florence Avenue allotments, Astley Bridge, picked up the coveted Fairhurst Trophy, which is open to any plotholder with a full-sized allotment.
She said: “It’s fantastic to win this award. It’s taken a lot of hard work, so to see a successful end result is encouraging.”
Bernard Fallon, also of Florence Avenue allotments, picked up the New Tenants Trophy for plotholders who have been tenants for less than 12 months.
He said: “I’m delighted. I spent a fair amount of time maintaining it, but it’s great when you can stand back and admire your work.”
Michael Marsh of Nasmyth Street allotments, Horwich, picked up The Fred Greenhalgh Trophy, which is open to any plotholder with an allotment of less than 167 square metres in size.
He said: “I’m very happy. It’s our first year it just feels fantastic. We put in lots of work and preparation, to the point where our allotment was like a jungle.
“I’d like to make a special mention to my grandson Brandon, who did a superb job on the flowerbeds.”
The allotments were judged in mid-July, and each winner also received a small cash prize to mark their achievements.
In the Fairhurst competition, runner-up spot went to David Urmston of Sapling Road allotments and third prize went to Philip Warren of Florence Avenue allotments. In the Fred Greenhalgh competition, the runner-up spot went to Alan Wood of Nasmyth Street allotments Horwich and third prize went to Harold Carr of Green Lane allotments, Horwich. In the New Tenants competition, the runner-up spot went to Avril Stubbs of Florence Avenue allotments.
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