Gar­den­ers pull their weight at au­tumn show

Seven stone pump­kin’s a win­ner

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Steve Bax steve.bax@trin­i­tymir­

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

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