If you have an allotment in Rushmoor, you will automatically be entered into the competition.
All allotment plots are visited by the Chairman of the Rushmoor in Bloom Forum in June and September.
Gold, Silver Gilt, Silver and Bronze certificates are awarded and there is a trophy for the overall winner.
The trophy and certificates are awarded at the Rushmoor in Bloom presentation evening in September.
Cultivation and cropping
The aim is to encourage the plot holder to grow a selection of fresh vegetables all year round, as well as fresh fruit in season and an adequate provision of preserved or frozen produce out of season.
- Points will be awarded for each type of vegetable and extra points will be given for evidence of autumn / winter / summer / spring vegetables during the judging in June / September
- Points for soft fruits (including rhubarb)
- Points for different types of herbs
- Compost or manure heap: neither of these should be a nursery for growing weeds! Judging will make allowances for the various stages of the breakdown into a healthy product
- The judge will make a distinction between annual weeds and perennials. Annual weeds are short-term problems while the perennials are a nuisance (or worse) to other plot holders and indicate longer-term poor husbandry. Several butterflies, including the Peacock, Red Admiral and Tortoiseshell use nettles. Sorrel is also host to various types of the Copper butterfly, so the judge will ignore small patches of these
- Rubbish (freedom from). If it is stacked tidily for future use, it is not rubbish. However, if it is just lying around it is!
- Labels showing variety: it will make the judge's life easier when assessing seasonal produce
- Paths neatly maintained, especially the edges
- Buildings quality and condition
Please make sure that your plot number is clearly visible.
Judging took place between June and September 2012.