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West Bridgford and Rushcliffe Horticultural Society

Gardening for over 100 years


Best Kept Plot Competition

Download of Best Kept Plot competition rules

The Society's annual Best Kept Allotment competition is held in June and all West Bridgford plot holders can enter. The winner receives the Furze Trophy and £25. Below are some of the past contenders.






Best Kept Plot









Best Kept Plot criteria



How many plots are selected for judging?


• A maximum of 3 plots will be chosen from each of the five main allotment sites.

N.B. Holme Road and Gamston Bridge are taken as one site.

• Full plots and half-plots are all eligible for selection.


How are plots selected?

• A combination of the site Trustee and a WBRHS committee member will select the sites to be judged. They will try to select the sites that have a wide range of plant and/or fruit growth, in good condition and are reasonably tidy.

• The plot holders will be contacted soon after the 16th June to confirm they are happy to have their plot entered.

• The plot holders then have two weeks to “tidy/weed/prettify” their plot to get it in to tip-top condition for judging.


What is the judging criteria?

• All selected plot will be marked out of 300, divided between the following areas:

◦ Quality of crops 100

◦ Condition of plot 60

◦ Good gardening skills 50

◦ Continuity of cropping 25

◦ Layout and planting 25

◦ Regime overall 25

◦ Cleanliness and finish 20

◦ Composting facilities 20


The judges are local to Nottingham but have no connection to either the Horticultural Society or the West Bridgford Allotment Holders group and are, therefore, impartial and independent.