Allotment competition

How allotments are entered into the competition and our judging criteria.

Allotment Competition 2020

Sadly this year with the coronavirus pandemic, we are unable to run the Rushmoor In Bloom as normal and we have had to cancel this year's allotment competition.

We all love Rushmoor In Bloom and would like to keep the spirit of the competition going - to celebrate the beautiful gardens and allotments, but also for the sense of community, pride and fun that grows from it and to inspire everyone for the 2021 competition.

We are inviting you to share your allotment successes from this year on our Rushmoor in Bloom Facebook group. Together we hope we can create some horticultural happiness for all to enjoy.

Allotment competition results

Please visit our Allotment competition results 2019 page to find out the winners of last year's allotment competition.

About the allotments competition

If you have an allotment in Rushmoor, you are automatically entered into our allotments competition. Judging of all plots takes place in July.

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 our annual Rushmoor in Bloom presentation evening in September.

Allotment in Rushmoor Judging criteria

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 were awarded for each type of vegetable and extra points 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

Husbandry

  • Compost or manure heap: neither of these should be a nursery for growing weeds! Judging made allowances for the various stages of the breakdown into a healthy product
  • The judge made 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 have ignored 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 makes the judge's life easier when assessing seasonal produce

Allotment environment

  • Paths neatly maintained, especially the edges
  • Buildings quality and condition

Please make sure that your plot number is clearly visible.

 
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