Allotment holders plot their way around drought

ALLOTMENT holders of Bury St Edmunds have earned praise for the way they have coped with a dry spring and drought conditions.

Judges for the 2011 Bury Town Council Allotments Competition were impressed with the determined way holders generally had grown good quality produce in spite of the low rainfall and the rampant weeds recent rain encouraged.

Judges’ leader Cllr Stefan Oliver, the town council’s allotments champion, said after touring more than 200 plots on Tuesday: “We were impressed with the high standard when considering the season they’ve had. The general standard at Nowton was higher than the others.

“We very much enjoyed having a look at what everyone has been doing.”

The judging team comprised Cllr Oliver, retired horticulturist with more than 60 years experience John Bell, garden designer and historian, author and broadcaster Caroline Holmes and Bury Free Press reporter John Henderson. Winners will be announced later.