Sowing seeds of success

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Green-fingered gardeners from across the district enjoyed an evening of celebration.

The annual awards evening for Pennine Housing and Calderdale Leisure Gardeners celebrated the best of gardening talent in a ceremony at the Shay Stadium.

Mayor of Calderdale Pat Allen attended the event and presented a special award on behalf of Yorkshire in Bloom to Cemetery Lane Allotments.

Kay Heywood, a member of Calderdale Allotments, said: “The mayor commented in her speech prior to presenting the awards and trophies that this year’s standards had been very high in allotments throughout Calderdale.”

The mayor also presented awards to the winners of the Pennine Housing Judging - Irene Zlotowski won Pennine Housing’s Gardener of the Year for the fifth time and Kady Leigh Burtoff won the Children’s Garden Prize for the second year in a row.

Prize winners from the Calderdale Allotments included Mr P Hoggarth from Haigh Lane Allotments, who won trophies for the best plot in Halifax South, as well as the best plot in Calderdale.

Haigh Lane Allotments, at Salterhebble, won the Best Site in Calderdale with under 24 plots, while Godfrey Road won the trophy for Best Allotment Site in Calderdale with more than 24 plots.

The evening was rounded off with a raffle, and prizes were donated by a number of local companies.

A new allotment site will shortly be available at Ackroyd Park in Boothtown. Anyone interested should contact Calderdale Council for more information.