Search for Hailsham’s most attractive allotment

HAILSHAM TOWN Council’s Hailsham In Bloom committee is now searching for the town’s most attractive allotment.

Judging for the Best Kept Allotment competition will take place during June and all allotment holders are automatically entered. The judges will be looking for:

Variety and quality of the crop(s); environmental sustainability; control of weeds and litter; effective use of compost; use of grey water and mulch (and other water conservation activities) and general appearance of the plot.

The Hailsham Horticultural Society will be judging individual plots and the winner will be announced shortly before the South & South East in Bloom judges’ tour in early July.

The Deputy Mayor, Cllr Richard Grocock, who is chairman of the in bloom committee, said: “Who says gardening isn’t competitive? Allotment holders often put in a lot of time and commitment to keep a plot in an excellent growing condition and this competition is an opportunity for such people to receive the recognition they deserve for their efforts.

“I have been especially impressed with the type of produce allotment tenants have been growing in Hailsham over the past few years, and will be delighted to acknowledge the efforts of growers entering the competition again this year.”

The closing date for all privately owned allotment holders (those not entered automatically, i.e. town council-owned allotment plots) is June 15 2012. Entry forms can be downloaded at and are available to collect at the Town Council Offices, Inglenook, Market Street.

For further information about judging criteria Best Kept Allotment competition, contact Hailsham Town Council on 01323 841702.