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Visitors enjoy sunny weather at Upminster Allotments Open Day

PUBLISHED: 14:00 23 July 2018 | UPDATED: 09:26 25 July 2018

Open Day at Stewart Avenue Allotments, Upminster, RM14 2AF. Stewart Allotments Steward Jackie Whitehead at her allotment space.

Open Day at Stewart Avenue Allotments, Upminster, RM14 2AF. Stewart Allotments Steward Jackie Whitehead at her allotment space.

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Residents were invited to admire some fresh produce at a special open day organised by an Upminster allotment society.

The sun came out for the annual Open Day at Stewart Avenue Allotments on Saturday, July 21 where residents were invited for a barbeque, cakes, a Prosecco raffle sponsored by Waitrose, bulb planting for the children and an Allotment Show with prizes sponsored by the Residents’ Association.

Jackie Whitehead, a steward at Stewart Avenue Allotments told the Recorder: “It went very well, we had lots of visitors that enjoyed the event.

“I think members of the public are interested to see what we do, even if they don’t grow their own vegetables.

“We’ve had half a dozen new inquiries for plots.”

David Seaman won the scarecrow competition in the adult category, and it was Gus Chuter, 6, who won the child’s prize.

The Best in Show rosette for the Vegetable Show was awarded to Brian Kay for his enviable tomatoes.

An eco allotment, made using plastic bottles at the Open Day at Stewart Avenue Allotments in Upminster. Picture: Melissa Page.An eco allotment, made using plastic bottles at the Open Day at Stewart Avenue Allotments in Upminster. Picture: Melissa Page.

“We’re very conscious of the environment,” said Jackie.

“We have one plot holder who is really into organic vegetables and he built his own greenhouse out of recycled plastic bottles.”

Jackie added that it was a real community effort with Upminster Camera Club and the Vanilla Bake Club judging their photograph and baking categories.

In addition, a local community group known as the Men’s Shed brought some plot holder designs that they designed for Stewarts Avenue Allotments.

Stewart Avenue Allotments holds regular Gate Sales on the third Saturday of the month in August and September for residents to buy some of their vegetables.

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