Hartlepool allotment holders can show off their produce

Shaun Preston and son Jamie at a previous year's allotment show.
Shaun Preston and son Jamie at a previous year's allotment show.

Allotment holders are being invited to show off their gardening skills in the return of a fun event.

Hartlepool Borough Council is staging the Allotment Show at Summerhill Country Park on Sunday, August 23.

Gardeners can enter a host of categories in advance by the end of today, or on the day.

The show features sections for the best fruit and vegetables, flowers, and home produce.

There are also a number of non-growing sections including Best Photo on the theme of Animals do the Funniest Things, Best Poem on an allotment theme and Best photo of aShed.

Entries are also invited for Most Improved Plot Award, and the Ron White Memorial Trophy will be awarded to the Junior Allotment Gardener of the Year.

An Allotment Site Challenge competition invites groups of tenants to get together to create a display on the theme of Down on the Allotment to highlight all that is good about their site.

Nominations are sought by plot holders for a new Good Neighbour Award, and an Allotment League Trophy will be awarded to the site whose tenants achieve the highest overall points on the day.

Kate Ainger, of Hartlepool Borough Council, said: “The show is intended to be a fun, family event that doesn’t take itself too seriously, and we hope people will again come forward and put in entries.”

It costs £3 to enter as many sections as you wish, while children’s classes are free.

The schedule is available from Hartlepool Civic Centre reception and can be downloaded at www.hartlepool.gov.uk/allotments