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Allotments score double win

Photo Ian Robinson
Southport Flower Show at Victoria Park in Southport
Large Gold Medal winner and Challenge Trophy winner North West Allotment Society
Derek Cooper from Blackpool

Photo Ian Robinson Southport Flower Show at Victoria Park in Southport Large Gold Medal winner and Challenge Trophy winner North West Allotment Society Derek Cooper from Blackpool

The trophy cabinet of a group of Blackpool gardeners’ is blooming after winning two prestigious prizes.

Members of Blackpool Federation of Allotments Association (BFAA) took home a Large Gold Medal Award and the Challenge Cup from Southport Flower Show this weekend, to add to a Gold Medal Award won last year.

Judges commended their work on creating a space which showed how allotments have evolved from First World War through to the Second World War right up to present day.

The display included an Anderson air raid shelter, complete with dug out tunnels and protected by 200 sand bags.

The allotment also displayed tools old and new and showed the types of fruit and vegetables favoured by gardeners now compared with during wartime.

BFAA trustee Andy Percival said: “It was fantastic to win, we were all buzzing. To win one prize we were over the moon, but to win two and get a large gold medal was unbelievable.”

A team of eight gardeners started work on the installation last Monday, spending around 36 hours putting the finishing touches to the display which included items that BFAA members had been growing since April.

The 300ft by 80ft space displayed four allotments, the first two as if from the time of the First World War and then the Second World War, where gardeners would have grown cabbage and potatoes using basic tools.

A third display showed a modern allotment, complete with a polytunnel and raised beds where vegetables such as aubergines and chillies can be grown. The fourth area housed a marquee where the BFAA showed off the work done in Blackpool to uncover trenches in Watson Road Park.

Mr Percival added: “We wanted people to understand how allotments work and the benefits to be had from them.

“The war element was to commemorate the efforts and all those who gave theirlives.”

The award-winning gardens were seen by more than 8,000 visitors to the show, held between August 14-17.

 

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