Hanging Baskets, Floral Display/Best front of Plot and Scarecrow Competitions.
These are the second group of competitions held during the year, there is no entry fee and the bonus is that two of them have financial rewards for the eventual winners.
The entry form for these competitions will be in the store shed from early May.
These competitions are intended to improve the overall appearance of our site making it a welcoming experience for all our visitors . They are vitally important when we are judged for the Thorpe Memorial Trophy which is awarded for the Best Site In Birmingham an award we have either won or been placed second many times over the past few years, something we wish to continue for many years to come.
Trophies are awarded for the best front of plot/floral display and scarecrow and these together with a commemorative certificate are presented to the winners at the Awards Night/Plotluck Supper Night.
There are brackets fixed to a number of posts adjoining the roadway from opposite the lower entrance gate up to the top manure/leaf storage bins and additional ones on the Social Club fascia facing the car park. The posts are positioned as shown below. If it's on a plot please confirm with the plotholder that it is okay for you to use a specific location.
|Basket No.||Location||Basket No.||Location|
|1&2||Plot 39||3&4||Plot 36|
|5&6||Plot 34||7&8||Social Club|
|14&15||Plot 27||16&17||Plot 24|
All brackets have a location number which needs to included on the entry form. There is no recommended size for the basket diameter but they must be in position by (see the planner for date), and remain in place until one week after our Annual Show. Obviously it is the entrant's responsibility to maintain and water their basket. Judging will take place on the weekend of our Annual show and the winner will be awarded a prize of £20.00.
Floral Display/ Best front of Plot
For many years a trophy has been awarded for what in the Judges opinion is the best front of plot display. During the last few years there has been a significant increase in the number of small and mini plots and, as not all of them can adjoin the roadway, the committee has decided to widen the scope of this award to include any plotholder who wishes to enter a floral display into the competition. The minimum size must equate to the width of the plot by 1.2metres (4 Ft ) deep and be clearly marked. Flower content must be varied with the choice left to the entrant. If your plot does not front the roadway then you must add your name and plot number to the entry form, if it does, don’t bother as it will be identified when judging takes place, again on the weekend of our Annual Show. The winner will receive a prize of £20.00
Introduced as a fun item a few years ago it has proved popular. It’s an excuse to clear a little space in your wardrobes whilst at the same time providing your fellow plotholders with a few laughs. In some cases the laughs might be on them as the quality of the clothes on the scarecrows appears significantly better than those worn on the plot. They must be on display by (see the planner for date) and remain in place until at least a week after our Annual Show. No prize money on this occasion but probably a box of chocolates.