Best Allotment Site Winner 2017

BEAS recognised once again

For the second year running, Bournemouth East Allotment Society Ltd (BEAS) has been voted the town's BEST ALLOTMENT SITE.

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The society successfully defended the highly sought after accolade that it had won in 2016.

The fantastic achievement was announced and presented on Wednesday 4th October 2017 at a meeting of the Federation of Bournemouth Allotment and Leisure Gardeners.

The prize has delighted the members of BEAS's Committee who were attending the meeting and award ceremony.

2017's Chair of BEAS, Linda Taylor (pictured), gratefully received the trophy and certificate from Ed Alexander, Contract Manager for Bournemouth Parks at Bournemouth Borough Council.

There were also individual awards made as part of the 2017 Allotment Competition.

The highlight of the award ceremony was Bournemouth East Allotment Society's defence of its title as 'Bournemouth's Best Allotment Site'. BEAS claimed the title in 2016 from Brook Road Allotment Association, who had previously held the trophy since 2013.

BEAS also successfully fought off competition from the sites at Longbarrow Allotments and North Bournemouth Allotment Society.

This achievement by BEAS is great news for both the Society and its members. This is only the fourth time in 21 years that BEAS has won this prestigious award.

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BEAS Trophy : 2017's Chair, Linda Taylor with Site Manager John Pitcher, (R) and Assistant Site Manager Andrew Dawson (L)

There are seven allotment sites across Bournemouth. The council run three of them and the other four, including BEAS, are privately managed and take part in the competition.

The best site is judged on a number of criteria, some of which include the overall impression, quality of cultivation and crops and community involvement. The annual allotment competition is also run for individual plot holders, with the points awarded to determine the best overall plot on each site.

During the ceremony individual awards were presented for 'best plots' across the sites in the borough. Ed Alexander, the Council's Parks Contract Manager responsible for allotments described the judging process and his "difficulty in differentiating between individual plots". Three of the top awards have gone to people who had scored equal marks in the process. Best overall plot winner in the borough was Peter Whiting from Longbarrow.


In presenting the award for the best site, Ed Alexander said:

"All of the sites had looked amazing when the judging was carried out in mid-summer."

Winners in the individual competition were announced in the Autumn 2017 Newsletter.