Best veg plots get awards

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A ground-breaking awards ceremony was held in celebration of Calderdale’s allotment success.

Judged by the Calderdale Leisure Gardeners and Allotment Federation in conjunction with Calderdale Council, the results of the 2013 Calderdale Allotments Competition were announced at the Shay stadium, Halifax.

Keen gardeners gathered at the event, also attended by the Mayor of Calderdale Coun Ann Martin, which recalled their achievements over the summer months.

Plots and allotment sites were assessed for locations under six categories - Brighouse, Elland, Halifax North, Halifax South, Sowerby Bridge and Todmorden.

The best site in Calderdale (under 24 plots) was awarded to Haigh Lane, the best site with over 24 plots award went to Whitehill Allotments, and the best plot in the whole of Calderdale went to Paul Hoggarth’s site, also of Haigh Lane.

A spokeswoman from Whitehill Allotments, which won the best site for the second time, having claimed the same prize back in 2010, said: “When the allotments first started we did score really high and then we dropped. It was kind of a bit of a pride thing. We wanted to go up a little bit this year and we managed to get first. We just had more of a tidy up in preparation for it.”

Judging on the allotments took place in July, with the summer’s good weather enabling produce to grow well.