Hunstanton allotment holds open day

From left Judge Pat Richardson, winner of the Northfields Best Allotment David Elvidge and the mayor of Hunstanton James Johnson. MLNF16EB08431 www.townandaround.net Photo: ELAINE BIRD ANL-160308-185520001
From left Judge Pat Richardson, winner of the Northfields Best Allotment David Elvidge and the mayor of Hunstanton James Johnson. MLNF16EB08431 www.townandaround.net Photo: ELAINE BIRD ANL-160308-185520001

Northfields allotments in Hunstanton held its annual openday on Sunday when the town mayor James Johnson handed out certificates of merit.

Crowds had gathered by the gate ahead of the 10.30am official opening and there was arush, that was not quite a stampede, to the produce stall that was, as usual, stocked with a fantastic array of fruit, vegetables and flowers.

Northfields allotments held their annual open day on Sunday when the Mayor of Hunstanton, James Johnson, on his first visit to the site awarded the certificates to plot holders. The produce stall proved popular. MLNF16EB08430 Photo: ELAINE BIRD www.townandaround.net ANL-160308-184217001

Northfields allotments held their annual open day on Sunday when the Mayor of Hunstanton, James Johnson, on his first visit to the site awarded the certificates to plot holders. The produce stall proved popular. MLNF16EB08430 Photo: ELAINE BIRD www.townandaround.net ANL-160308-184217001

New this year was an information stand put together by Peter Williams explaining about how to apply for one.

The Northfields site currently has no vacancies but there will be one soon and there are three people on the waiting list.

Each of the allotments had been judged earlier in the month by Pat Richardson and the results had been kept a closely-guarded secret.

Mr Richardson said: “It was a very high standard this year all around the site, with some different growing styles and innovative uses for re-cycled materials on the plots.

“David Elvidge’s ‘Best Allotment’ is nothing short of outstanding and anyone who is looking to improve their plot could learn a lot by looking at David’s.”

Presenting the certificate to Mr Elvidge the mayor said: “This is a fabulous allotment, Ilove the flowers and the seating area and the whole plot is a magnificent and productivegarden.”

Each year new allotment holders compete for the Best Newcomer award and Mr Richardson said: “My choice for the Best Newcomer award was Angela Stray, who in one season has managed to turn an allotment around from being a patch covered in weeds to a very productive and attractive plot.”