Plots are best in Cornwall
TWO years of endeavour by keen gardeners at Lanhydrock has resulted in their plots being judged the best allotments in the county.
The Lanhydrock Allotment and Community Association received the award at this year's Cornwall in Bloom ceremony, a remarkable achievement given the land was just a bare field in 2010 when the National Trust agreed to lease the site.
With a shortage of allotment land in Bodmin, the trust was approached about allowing some of its land to be used, and growers from far and wide are now renting the plots.
The association's secretary, Mike Seaman, said members were faced with a blank canvas field at the beginning of 2010, but it was always intended to create an allotment site that reflected the needs of 21st-century growers.
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The three-acre site was rough ploughed then rotovated to make way for 62 generous plots, which were taken up very quickly. Mr Seaman said: "The National Trust requested that all applications for a plot were considered irrespective of where they lived in Cornwall and within a very short time all 62 had been let by word of mouth.
"We had by now started to create the three community gardens including a wildlife-attracting pond.
"The demand for more plots made it necessary to convert some spare land to a further 28 plots within six months of opening which were quickly snapped up and free plots were offered to the the Headway brain injury charity.''
A children's play area was also created.
Mr Seaman said: "We all love our allotment project and felt we had reached the maturity and good standard of the site that we could confidently enter Cornwall in Bloom."
He said of the shield win and £250 cheque: " It is great recognition for a lot of hard work since opening two and a half years ago and is testimony to the 90 plot holders who all contributed towards the necessary high standard. Our landlords, the National Trust, are fully supportive of our unique system of allotmenteering and are delighted with our success."