Allotment Show to return to Valley Gardens on Sunday

Displays of fresh fruits and vegetables, jams, chutneys and honeys are to feature in an allotment show in the Valley Gardens this weekend.

The Harrogate and District Allotment Federation is to hold its 52nd Allotment Show this Sunday, August 19.

Star of the show will be produce grown by the federation’s members who will be on hand to offer advice and guidance to any budding growers.

And of course, say the society, it isn’t just vegetables and fruit; they know about flowers and plants and how to turn their produce into jams, pickles and puddings.

In the early days, this Annual Allotment Show was part of the Great Autumn Show. Such was its success it became a stand-alone event and is now jointly organised with Harrogate Borough Council.

Organisers sat this year’s show is set to be the biggest yet with many of the district’s allotment holders attending to show off the fruits of their labours.

The allotment show in the Sun Pavilion on Sunday starts at 12pm and finishes at 4.30pm, with outside stalls open from 11am.

As well as a display from the district’s allotment holders, there will stalls on the colonnades selling cakes, honey, jams, preserves, books and more.

Councillor Robert Windass, Mayor of the Borough of Harrogate, will open the show at noon and present the prizes at 3.45pm.

Once the judging is over the allotment holders will auction their produce. All funds raised this year will go towards Tidy Gardens which is based at Stonefall Cemetery.