Poor early season growing conditions in April, May and June meant there was fewer entries at Bottesford Horticultural Society’s 38th annual show.
But encouragingly thanks to a significant expansion of publicity, attendance numbers were very high and the quality of produce was extremely good impressing both judges and visitors to the show.
For the first year in a long time, there were no sweat pea entries and only one in the spring onions category.
The awards were presented by borough councillor Pru Chandler who spoke of the value to the community of such local events and the need to encourage the younger generation to support them.
Main awards were: Garden News Top Tray Award - C Perberdy; Garden News Top Vase Award - K Smith; Everard Cup for most points in flower, fruit and vegetable classes - M Skinner; Bull Shield for most points in flower, fruit and vegetable classes not to have won the Everard Cup or Bull Shield previously - K Smith; Caunt Cup best vase of dahlias or chrysanthemums - C Peberdy; Margaret Wootton Cup best exhibit in the flower, fruit and vegetable classes - K Smith; Ken and Eunice Greasley Rosebowl best rose in show - P Simpson; John Storer Memorial Cup best pot fuchsia in show - M Taylor; Molly Ford Award best photograph in show - P Simpson; Red Lion Shield heaviest marrow in show - M Skinner; Roberts Cup most points in homecraft classes - A Tapson; Rutland Cup most points in arts and craft classes - R Ley; Hazel Preston Cup best entry in needlework classes - J Melton; Jos Hobbelen Trophy - best entry in class 28 (3 long carrots) - K Smith; Children’s classes, Jubilee Trophy for ages seven and under - H Dobney; Village Voice award for children aged eight and over - S Colton and The Ted Rayson Venture Trophy for best child’s photograph up to 15 years old - T Robertson.