City Allotments Competition
Oxford & District Federation of Allotment Associations working with Oxford City Council
ODFAA propose to manage a centenary competition in 2019 as Tim Treacher, Ian Sheppard, have risen to the challenge and are working with judges Mike Kent and Tina Mould to produce information for the next ALM in September 2018.
There was no competition in 2017 or 2018.
What follows is a description of the previous format of the competition.
O&DFAA has managed the city allotment competition since 2009. OCC has a dedicated budget for the competition which covers postage, most of the prizes, an allowance for the award evening and an honorarium for the judges. The Federation funds the site prize, the certificates and expenses as well as a small honoraria to cover transport.
The Competition Subcommittee
was managed by Tim Treacher who works with Ian Sheppard. Tim organised the paperwork and information to associations, judges, judging days, compost marking, timetables and the presentation evening. The sub committee members are co-opted and report to the executive committee. They meet with the judges before and after the 4 days spent on sites. Wendy usually does the photos, the slide show, poster and the certificates.The judges in 2016 were Tina Mould, Parks Operational Manager at the City Council, and Helen Prower, an experienced vegetable gardener from Enstone Horticultural Society.
The cups and shields are long standing. The Challenge Trophy winner has an engraved spot on the main shield. We are delighted to see that these go back to 1970. The criteria have changed and presently focus on encouraging diversity and good allotment use and practice and the monetary prizes are very modest (£10 to £25) but the standard at the top is very high! The judges make the decisions on awards. The allotment award evening enables plot holders from across the city to meet, share, celebrate and encourage each other. We understand that generally plot holders want to get on and do their plot. Here at the award evening they share plot successes and failures, good seed varieties and composting secrets. The participants go back to their associations rewarded and, whether actively or passively, pass on good practice.