DEDICATED allotmenteers have been recognised at the Newbury Town Council 2016 Allotment Awards.
Following visits to Newbury’s six allotment sites by councillors earlier in the year, Newbury Town Council presented awards to tenants who were judged to have kept the best allotment plots on each site, at a meeting on Monday.
Twenty awards were given, including Best Newcomer, Best Plots, Best Schools Plot and Best Site Overall. Framed certificates were handed out to each of the winners at the meeting.
A trophy was presented to Dave Cole, the steward of the One Tree Park allotment site – which won the coveted Best Site Overall prize. Mr Cole, who collected the silver trophy, has had his allotment at site off Fifth Road since 1984.
The 65-year-old said: “My house backs onto the allotments so I haven’t got too far to go.
“It is the first time One Tree Park has won the award so it is very pleasing.
“It’s a lovely place and I enjoy spending my weekends there.”
The winners of the 2016 Allotment Awards are:
BEST PLOT AT DAIRY FARM ALLOTMENTS: Five poles and Under Plot 9A – Phillip Weston & Angela Weston, Over five poles Plot23A&B & 24A – Mr Geoffrey Annetts
BEST PLOT AT ONE TREE PARK ALLOTMENTS: Five poles and under Plot 4 & 4A Sarah de Souza, Over five poles Plot 24A & 25A Dr David Nicholas
BEST PLOT AT PARSONS ALLOTMENTS: Five poles and Under Plot 20A – Matthew Roberts, Over five poles Plot 25A&B – Mrs CL Hams
BEST PLOT AT SOUTHBY’S ALLOTMENTS: Five poles and under 36A & 36C – Ann Shears, Over five poles Plot 83A/B – Mr John Crockford
BEST PLOT AT WASH COMMON ALLOTMENTS: 5 poles and under Plot 42B – Simon Sayers Over five poles Plot 26 – Mr Tom & Mrs Jane Martin
BEST PLOT AT WEST MILLS ALLOTMENTS: Five poles and Under Plot 3 – James Berry, Over five poles Plot 43A&B –Mr Rodney Adnams 8
BEST NEWCOMER 2016: Dairy Farm Allotments Plot26A – Chris Funderburg, One Tree Park Allotments Plot 20B– Terry Hadden, Parsons Allotments Plot 1CA – Rachel Peters, Southby’s Allotments Plot 67A – Mr Tim Goldsack, Wash Common Allotments Plot 17 – Jane Munday, West Mills Allotments Plot 21 – Michael Watch
BEST SCHOOLS PLOT: Falkland Primary School, Wash Common
BEST SITE OVERALL: One Tree Park