Hornchurch and District Allotment Society put on a spread for the Havering Show - despite the rain

It’s been a rotten year for growing vegetables – but the Hornchurch and District Allotment Society tent was in full bloom at the Havering Show.

“The real problem was the weather early in the year,” said vice chair Tom Keeper at the Harrow Lodge Park festival. “We had such bad weather a lot of the less hardy plants like tomatoes all died.

“But soft fruit like strawberries have been OK.”

The society, which manages 15 allotment sites around Havering, put together a display and a market stall for the show. All proceeds went to Saint Francis Hospice.

Last year, the society’s tent raised more than �2000 for the charity.

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Peter Baker, who keeps an allotment in the Maylands site, said he tried to be self-sufficient during the summer months.

“This year I’m proud we’re getting anything at all,” he said, “because the weather’s been so awful.”

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