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Gardeners flock to Sevenoaks Allotments Holders' Association open day

By emma_curry  |  Posted: July 03, 2013

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MORE than 200 plant lovers took advantage of the sunshine on Sunday (June 30) to visit an allotment open day.

The Sevenoaks Allotment Holders’ Association held its annual open day at St John’s Hill, Sevenoaks, as part of the National Gardens Scheme open gardens initiative.

Royal Horticultural Society judge Vanessa Jones was tasked with assessing all the plots on the 11-acre site, selecting Nancy and Alan Wolfe as winners.

The couple scored 275 points, out of a maximum of 305, to secure the trophy, while runner-up for the best plot was Ian Fenn with 245 points.

The award for best newcomer went to David White (220 points), with Ben Draper and Pete Stewart ranked second (215 points).

Merilyn Canet, organiser of the allotment open day, said the event was “a thoroughly enjoyable and sunny experience, enthusiastically welcomed by all our visitors.”

Allotment holders’ association chairman Rindy Bakker added: “Once again, the popularity of this event has demonstrated what a valuable and vibrant community resource these allotments are.

“The increasing interest in growing one’s own fresh fruit and vegetables underlines the vital benefits of this healthy and productive activity for all the citizens of Sevenoaks.”

Proceeds from the open day totalled around £500.

Entrance charges go to the National Garden Scheme, and a donation from sales of refreshments and produce will be given to Spring House children’s centre in Sevenoaks.

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