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A ripe future for Earby horticultural show?

Judge Rex Geldard takes a closer look at the exhibits at the Earby garden show.

Judge Rex Geldard takes a closer look at the exhibits at the Earby garden show.

 

Terrific tomatoes, fabulous flower arrangements and football-sized beetroots were just some of the star exhibits at Earby and District Gardeners’ Society’s annual horticultural show.

Two new pieces of silverware were up for grabs in 2014, named after keen but late gardeners Peter Bullock and Eric Hoyland, in the hotly contested competition in its 71st year.

Chairman of Earby Town Council Chris Tennant presented winners with awards in which Kath Foster comfortably won the main overall trophy for fruit and vegetables.

Zoe Fallows won the best allotment with her prize winning plot at the Sam Lawson Allotments in Cemetery Road and Roger Pickup picked up the award for the best allotment garden with his spot at the back of Langroyd Road.

David Hartley, President of the gardeners’ society, said: “We had more people putting in, new people putting in and more people coming in through the doors to have a look which is very encouraging for the future I think.

“I think there was a thought that when Peter Bullock sadly died, it may fizzle out but new volunteers have come forward and have been really helpful.

“The exhibits this year were excellent, because it has been a great growing year with plenty of sunshine and rain. Almost all classes had something in this time. It was better than last year and last year was good.”

 

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