We are very excited to announce that we have found Britain’s Best Allotment! After months of entries and a rigorous judging process, The Hills in Manchester have claimed the top prize, and will be taking home £1000 worth of gardening vouchers, as well as a full site clear up courtesy of HIPPO and a whole host of other goodies.
The Hills won the competition because, frankly, their plot had everything! The family who worked tirelessly on the allotment displayed expert workmanship, a fantastic array of plants, crops and flowers, and a real ingenuity in design and growing. We loved their willingness to try adventurous crop varieties, and the way that the whole family get involved in enjoying the plot and the lovely food it produces. The plot has been made child-friendly, and nature is encouraged in with bird feeders, nest boxes, and a pond, providing the perfect place for the family to learn about wildlife together.
We were astonished with the quality of entries this year, and it really did take something special from The Hills to claim the top prize. For those who narrowly missed out, we’re offering a selection of Lucy Summers Living gardening products and a big congratulations on making our top ten.
Our team of allotment experts have been scouring the country over the last few weeks, rating allotments on everything from ingenuity and problem-solving, to plant growth, variety and pest control. While the short-listing was a close affair, our judges were all in agreement that the Hills deserved to be this year’s competition winner.
We selected judges with a wealth of allotmenting know-how and experience, in order to ensure that the very best allotment made the final cut. Our judging team comprised of Lesley Acton, who has recently published Growing Space: A History of the Allotment Movement and runs the allotmentresources.org website, along with Jane Merrick, the political editor of the Independent on Sunday, who writes the popular Her Outdoors allotmenting blog. We’ve also recruited John Harrison, who’s the author of a series of Allotment titles and runs the successful Allotment Garden blog, and Lucy Summers Living, who has won gold and silver medals at the Chelsea Flower Show, as well as authoring six gardening books and developing a range of effective garden care products. Finally, Sean James Cameron founded YouTube’s hugely popular Horticultural Channel and is the curator of the Daily Mail’s MyMail Garden.
HIPPO created Britain’s Best Allotment to celebrate the unsung heroes of British horticulture, as well as to promote the values of community spirit, inclusivity and environmental responsibility which it envelopes. We’ve seen this time and time again, up and down the country, throughout the course of the competition, and are even more determined in our cause to look after the environment and support community projects as a result of Britain’s Best Allotment.
Judge Sean James Cameron with the Hills family; with thanks to Sean & The Allotment Channel for the image.
Britain’s Best Allotment is being run in association with the National Allotments Association, and as it is currently National Allotments Week, we thought this the perfect time to announce our winners. The annual event celebrates allotmenting around the nation, and gave us the perfect opportunity to showcase the amazing allotments that we have seen, and the hard work which has gone into making them so amazing.