Category Archives: Competitions

Plot Judging

Judging for this years Best Plot competition has been confirmed and will take place between Monday 12th and Friday 16th July

As per previous years members need to ‘opt out’ of the Top Ten Competition if you do not  want your plot judged. (Please advise Chairman or Treasurer). The criteria for the judging can be found within the documentation section of this web site.

Open Day Sunday 18th July

Hawkinge Allotments Open Day 2021

We are proposing to hold our OPEN DAY this year on Sunday 18th July, from 1:00pm, to which all members and their families are invited, together with friends and the local community. There is, however, a significant amount of work which goes with the event that we need help with from the membership.

To begin with the site needs to be looking its best for the day, so we are having two Working Party Days on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th July from 10 am til Noon on each day. Refreshments will be provided on Saturday. As Sunday is the first Sunday in the month, we will be having our normal Coffee Morning anyway, so refreshments and cake will be available. There will be lots of hedge trimming etc that will need to be done so please help if you can.

The main event for the Open Day is the presentation of the prizes for the best plots. There are three categories, The Best Full Plot, The Best Half Plot and The Best Newcomer (New plotholders from1st July 2020 are all eligible). If you do not wish to participate in the competition, please inform Dawn the Treasurer. (email: The Judging for the competition will take place during the first two weeks of July, so there is still time to spruce up your plot! (The judging criteria is available on the website)

Also, at the Open Day we will have a second-hand Book Stall and a raffle, as well as the usual refreshments and cakes. If you are able to make a donation of books, cakes or an item for the raffle please let Dawn know and bring them to either the Coffee Morning on 4th July or on the actual day. If you are able to help out on the day, serving teas, manning a stall etc, please also let Dawn know.

At the event in July, we will be following all the appropriate protocols with regard with regard to the Covid 19 virus, Social Distancing etc. We will also be asking people to check in via the NHS app on our unique QR code.

(The above information can be downloaded below)

Best Plot Competitions

Here are the results from the Best Plot competitions that were judged a couple of weeks ago and the winners announced at our

OPEN DAY yesterday.

For a reminder of the voting criteria, click on the following link:



Our President, Eileen preparing the Shop for the Open Day.

Best Full Plot   
Winner – Alan Court,  Plot 37,  score of 130 points

Runner-up – Keith Sinden,  Plot 12,  score of 117 points

Third place – John Meloy,  Plot 17,  score of  113 points

Best Half Plot   
Winner – John Charlton,  Plot 4,  score of 104 points

Runner-up – Vicky & Rod Parker,  Plot 24,  score of 102 points

Third place – Elizabeth Bears.  Plot 35,  score of 102 points

Best Newcomer  
Winner – Elizabeth Bears,  Plot 35,  score of 102 points

Runner-up Michael Coldwell,  Plot 18,  score of 95 points

The winner of the Best Plot voted for by the visitors yesterday was:
Keith Sinden on Plot 12 (our judges choice for 2nd place, and last year’s Best Full Plot winner)   
The winner of the Recycled Art Competition also voted for by the visitors was:
Steve on Plot 9

Our thanks to everyone who took part in all of the competitions and yesterday at the Open Day.

Our Site Manager, Chris, found he had the wrong set of spectacles when he arrived home yesterday, if you have picked up his and left yours, please could you email him at

HAS Allotment Competition and Judging

Please be aware that the judging of the plots this year, for our annual competition, will take place during the week commencing  the 25th June. As is usual, all plots will be examined by our independent judges. (Unless you’ve previously requested exclusion from the competition). The Judges will of course need to gain access to each members plot to closely examine the crops.  (The full judging criteria can be found within the documentation section of this site.) Finally, the results will be announced during the open day  on the 8th July. Keep it looking its best and Good Luck.

2017 Best plots Judging

A reminder that this years Best Plots competition will be judged during the week commencing the 26th June. So just two weeks to get your plot in tip top shape. The criteria our independent judges will use to identify the best plots is same as previous years and can be found here:- CRITERIA FOR ALLOTMENT PLOT JUDGING
Please note also that our judges will need to gain access to your individual plots,  to check on the quality of the produce etc, unless of course you have opted out of this years competitions.  Good luck to all members and the results / awards will of course be notified during our annual open day.


Pumpkin Competition 2016 – The Results

For those members unable to be at the weigh-in this year, the results in reverse order are now detailed below. ‘Judge Doug’ officiated the day and was  armed with two sets of scales plus an IKEA maxi blue bag and stated that “although entries were fewer than were hoped,  the quality of the produce was exceptional”. 
In 3rd place was Holly Godfrey who had grown a perfectly formed and bright orange pumpkin in a well-cared for environment – 4kgs and still growing !! Weighed in situ.

Sunflower Competition Results

This morning we measured the 7 entries that had been made to the Sunflower Competition and we are pleased to announce the results below:

1st Place – Plot 15, Brian & Ernie, Winning Height 321.5 cms a new site record!

The winning entry to the 2016 Sunflower Comp, Plot 15, Brian & Ernie
The winning entry to the 2016 Sunflower Comp, Plot 15, Brian & Ernie

The runner up was Eileen on Plot 3 with a very good effort of 303cms.

Other entries:

Doug & Steph plot 21 – 245.5cms

Dawn plot 6 241.5 cms

Pauline & Mick plot 18a – 196 cms

Holly (Godfrey) plot 10 230 cms

Keith plot 12a 218 cms

Congratulations to all of you!