Gardeners pull their weight at autumn show
Seven stone pumpkin’s a winner
GREEN-FINGERED residents took part in Hillingdon Council’s free autumn show at the Civic Centre in Uxbridge.
Now in its third year, the show celebrates horticulture and provides an opportunity for keen gardeners to show off their homegrown fruit, vegetables, and preserves.
Best in show winner was Anna Chua with her basket of vegetables.
The heaviest pumpkin so far in any competition was seven stone and belonged to Gerald Percy, while the heaviest onions belonged to Harry Dixon, weighing in at more than 250g.
Further winning categories announced included the Hillingdon in Bloom contest winners.
Cllr Jonathan Bianco
herbs said: “This year’s autumn show has been an amazing and colourful display of produce from people of all walks of life, which shows the diversity and talent that is rich in the borough today.
“We would like to encourage people to take part next year and for allotment holders to consider entering and to start early. I’m delighted for the winners and everyone who has made the effort to take part.”
The art competition invited entrants to follow the theme of vegetable art, which could be drawn, painted, sculpted or photographed. Overall winner was Sarah Lowe, with a painting of chillies.
Floral art was also judged, with the theme of ‘Celebrating 50 years of Hillingdon’.
Visitors were able to participate in competition classes for fruit and vegetables and win prizes including gardening equipment, garden centre gift vouchers and Royal Horticultural Society books. Children under nine years old and between the ages of nine and 16 years old also took part.
n HEAVY DUTY: Gerald Percy with his pumpkin at Hillingdon Council’s autumn show