The Melplash Agricultural Society’s annual Gardens and Allotments Competition is the most prestigious garden competition in the West Dorset area. It is open to all residents within a 12-mile radius of Melplash Village Church. This year there were 25 gardens and allotments entered. They were judged over 2 days by Mr & Mrs Tim and Gill Tarling, the 2018 Medium Garden winners and Mrs Christine Holmes-Studley the 2018 Allotment and Overall Garden winner. They were accompanied by the Society President, Mr Tim Frost and his wife Monica, Society Chairman, Mrs Jo Sage and Vice -Chairman Mr James Vickery. The Stewards were Mr Peter Yeates and Mr Cliff Pitcher.
‘It was a phenomenal two days’ said Society Chairman, Jo Sage. ‘All the gardens and allotments were magnificent. It was a real privilege to have the opportunity to visit them and to be shown around by the gardeners. Their knowledge and how they had utilised every inch of the garden was incredible. It was also interesting to see that all of them had considered the wildlife and the environment. There were bug houses, moth traps, bird tables and even homes for slow worms and newts. I certainly didn’t envy the judges task and understandably it did take them quite a while to decide on the winners!’
The winners for each category are as follows:
1st – Mr Donald Jolliffe, Netherbury
2nd – Mr Geoff Fry, Puncknowle
3rd – Ms Maggie Haworth, West Allington Allotments
1st – Mr & Mrs Ian and Anne Bark, Bridport
2nd – Mrs Debbie McCarthy, Lyme Regis
3rd – Mrs Georgina Young, Beaminster
1st – Mr Jon Harvey, Bridport
2nd – Mr & Mrs PJ and BF Lacey, Lyme Regis
3rd – Mrs Christine Corson, Beaminster
4th – Mrs Jennifer Fry-Nobbs
1st – Mrs Erika Savory, Lyme Regis
2nd – Mr & Mrs Martin and Jan Dixon, Morecombelake
3rd – Mr & Mrs Brian and Annabelle Jackman, West Milton
The Special Award – The George Payne Memorial Trophy – was awarded to Ms Maggie Haworth, a herbalist whose allotment in West Allington was totally dedicated to growing the herbs she requires for her treatments.
The overall winner was Mrs Erika Savory of Lyme Regis.
The prizes will be awarded at the annual Melplash Agricultural Show at West Bay Bridport on Thursday 22nd August