THE GOOD LIFE
Over the past few years, I have been a judge at our local allotment show in west London. I’ve always admired the community spirit among plotholders, and throwing a little competition into the mix can really stoke the fire of ambition even within the most unassuming of gardeners. Before this, my sole experience of showcasing my harvest was at the National Honey Show, where beekeepers can enter local, national and worldwide classes, submitting their honey, wax, mead, candles, bakes and preserves to the scrutiny of highly trained adjudicators (who will disqualify a jar before even opening it, simply because they spot a thumbprint on the lid…).
The first year I entered a class at the National Honey Show, I had no idea of the level of precision and professionalism that governs such an institution – I simply did as I was told by my local beekeeping association. Call it beginner’s luck: I went on to win Best Honey in London. Now
Sara and her family have transformed the garden of their Victorian terrace house into a mini smallholding, complete with 24 hens, three colonies of bees, a kitchen garden and a micro-bakery (hencorner.com)
Brentford, west London
475 square metres
Sara started farming in her garden in 2007 with vegetables, later followed by hens, fruit trees and bees