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COLNE Library was the venue for Colne Town Council’s First Ever Allotment Awards last Saturday morning.

LBS Horticulture kindly sponsored the Awards that were competed for by growers from allotment sites across the town, with MD Anne Wolfenden presenting the LBS trophy for Best Allotment to Mr. John Lannon.

Chairman of Colne Town Council’s Allotment Committee, Cllr. Jonathan Nixon, gave a speech praising the dedication and commitment shown by Colne’s horticulturalists.  He said: “We had three categories: Best Allotment, Most Productive and Best Newcomer and all three saw fierce competition.  We awarded a special Community prize to Lord Street School.  This is an exciting time for our allotments.  We were recently awarded an extra grant from the Finance Committee to tackle outstanding works.  We are now well on with these and are also creating new allotments.  As a result, we are making offers to those on our waiting list and expect to get the waiting time down considerably.”


The Results:

Best Allotment

1st prize J. Lannon

2nd prize – Mrs E. Whibley

3rd prize – V. Dickson


Most Productive

1st prize – J. Witter

2nd prize Mrs E. Whibley

3rd prize – Mr & Mrs Webber


Best Newcomer

1st prize a tie between – D. Luffram & B. Hewson

3rd prize– Mrs J. Allen

4th prize L. Tonkinson


Special Community Prize

Lord Street School


The Awards were preceded by tea, coffee and biscuits in the Library’s upstairs meeting room.  Plot holders swapped tips on fruit trees and discussed holding an annual plant swap in the Spring.

Chairman of Colne Town Council, Cllr. Sarah Cockburn-Price, said: “It’s great to have an opportunity to celebrate Colne’s allotments and we’d especially like to thank our judge, Mr. John Gott, President of Colne Horticultural Society and our sponsor, LBS.  Next year, we are planning bigger and better awards and perhaps a few events before that so our allotment holders can meet up to share knowledge.  We are blessed with a large number of allotment plots in Colne.  In fact, we have more than cities like Bradford!”

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