Melplash Agricultural Society launches garden competition

gardenTHE Melplash Agricultural Society has launched its annual Gardens & Allotment Competition.

Now in its 28th year, the event is recognised as the most prestigious, amateur garden competition in the area.   

It is open to everyone who lives within a 12-mile radius of Melplash Village Church, and gardens and allotments of any size can enter.

There are prizes for the best large, medium and small garden, and allotment. An overall prize is also given to the garden/allotment considered by the judges to be the best across all categories.

Society secretary Lucy Hart said: “Our competition is a unique opportunity for gardeners to be rewarded for their creative skills and passion for gardening. If lockdown has enabled you to spend more time in your garden or allotment then we would love to see your results!”

The closing date for entries is Monday, June 7, and judging will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday, June 15 and 16.

Winners of each category win a trophy and vouchers to spend with William James & Co in Bridport who manufacturer and supply garden netting, fruit and veg cages, garden equipment and accessories.

Vouchers are awarded for 1st – £40, 2nd – £20, and 3rd – £10, and the overall winner also receives an additional voucher for £20. Each first place winner will also receive a bag of Chedington Compost.

The Melplash Agricultural Society is a charity that aims to educate and promote agriculture through community involvement.

The annual Melplash Show in Bridport plays a major role in this but will not be going ahead this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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