Over the weekend of the 13-14th July, the village of Edingley held an Open Allotment Weekend where members of the public are invited to visit the allotments and meet the plot holders. In addition, the open allotment weekend also sees the judging of the Best Kept Allotment, Scarecrow and Interpretation Board competitions, results of which can be found below.
The allotments in the small Nottinghamshire village of Edingley are reported to be amongst the oldest in the country, their history being traced back to the Enclosures Act of 1781 when the Dioceses of Southwell handed the land to the poor in the parish.
Towards the closing years of the 19th century, parish records show that there were around 16 allotment holders paying rent to the parish council for use of the land. A tradition that holds strong to this day, with around 30 allotment holders to date.
Every year, the community holds an open allotment weekend, a chance for local residents and passers-by to have a good look around all the plots, meet the allotment holders and learn about growing their own produce.
I was lucky enough to be visiting my parents over the open allotment weekend and was pleased to see a good turn-out for the event. Even though my father managed to rope me in to some hard labour on his plot, No. 6, it was a good weekend, and a good opportunity to photograph some of the scarecrow competition entries (seen here in the Gallery) and meet the other plot holders.
Later on Saturday afternoon, Revd. David McCoulough held an open-air allotment service with 28 villagers attending, after which a delightfully refreshing elderflower champagne was enjoyed by all! (In compostable glasses none the less!)
Once the judging was complete, the parish council announced the winners and awarded the the prizes as follows:
- Best Kept Allotment: Joint 1st place by Roger Smith of Bilsthorpe and Paul Andrews of Farnsfield, being awarded the John Hill Trophy
- Scarecrow Competition: The winning entry, titled “Coronation Chicken” by Helen Grantham Woodhouse who received a voucher for the Southwell Garden Centre. (All the entries can be seen here in the Gallery)
- Best Interpretation Board: Chris Clay who received a voucher for local business, Forest Feeds