Allotment Winners 2023 with the Atherstone Town Mayor Cllr Ashley Wickham Young

Allotment Award 2023


Atherstone Town Council Allotment Awards were presented at the Town Council Meeting on Wednesday 20th September 2023.

The Town Council manages two allotment sites in the Atherstone, one on Gypsy Lane and one on Bracebridge Road.

Over 150 tenants are eligible to enter the annual allotment awards and once again the standard of entries was very high.

If anyone is interested in renting an allotment in Atherstone there are waiting lists at both sites and enquiries can be made to the Deputy Town Clerk on 01827 720829.

List of Winners Merevale Allotments:

First Prize Full Plot – Mr Steven Ford Plot 15

Second Prize Full Plot – Mrs Ellen Chetwynd Plot 32

First Prize Half Plot – Ms Liz Peel Plot 38b

Second Prize Half Plot – Mrs Gillian Kiteley Plot 33a

Best Newcomer – Ms Liz Peel Plot 38b

Commendation – White Hart Community Group Plot 50

List of Winners Gypsy Lane Allotments:

First Prize Full Plot – Mr and Mrs Hart Plot 38

Second Prize Full Plot – Mr Kenneth Knight Plot 8

First Prize Half Plot – Mr Roger Fildes Plot 22b

Second Prize Half Plot – Mrs Yvonne Stone Plot 33

Best Newcomer – Mr and Mrs Airey Plot 25a

Commendations – Mr and Mrs Strugnell Plots 4b and 4c

Mr Garth Strugnell Plot 4a

Mr Chris Boss Plot 11

Report by Cllr Jones on behalf of the Judging Panel

Despite the plant nourishing rain showers it was a privilege to spend the evening inspecting the Merevale View and Gypsy Lane allotments. We were all impressed by  the work, skill and ingenuity demonstrated in so many of the plots.

Gypsy Lane had the tallest beans (Plot G41) and the most enormous squash plant (Plot G11a) and Merevale had the exciting Dahlia show flowers (Plot M21b) and a community plot (Plot M50) that earned a special commendation. Judging which plots to present awards to is a subjective matter where the judges had their own preferences.

Is a beautiful tended vegetable plot (Plot M54a) more worthy than a well run pigeon loft (Plot G7)? Is a well stocked chicken run (Plot G13) higher ranking than a pollinating bed complete with a bee hive (Plot M38b)?

Despite not having a set of predetermined scoring criteria the judges’ deliberations actually presented clear award winners for each category, along with a few special commendations for extra skills on display.