Harvest Festival Results 2013

Over the last month on our Facebook Page we have been celebrating our harvest and your harvest. It has all been part of the wartime spirit, friendly competition and just having some good old fun. We'd like to thank everyone who entered, all of you are winners and we have loved seeing all your photos during September. We have seen incredible produce grown with great pride and joy, preserves that have left our mouths watering and crafts that have shown ingenuity. The winners are as follows:


1. Best fruit or vegetable. 

FIRST (winning a first place rosette and a £20 voucher from Thomas Etty - suppliers of our Wartime Garden seeds)

Sharon Highams with her Melons (no jokes, folks).


SECOND (winning a second place rosette)

Nicola Garnham with her Squash.



THIRD (winning a third place rosette)

Carol Anne with her Cabbage.


2. Your biggest disaster in the garden patch

FIRST (winning a first place rosette and the book, RHS What Plant Where Encyclopedia from DK Books)

Lorraine Pullen with her sowing of climbing courgettes that turned out to be pumpkins. Showing even in disaster you can find the funny side.


SECOND (winning a second place rosette)

Sharron Highams and her small but complete crop.


There were no more entries for this category, which was a great shame and thanks to Lorraine and Sharron for sharing their disasters.

3. The best creative crafts – celebrating handicraft from sewing to knitting, from pots made out of teapots to pallet upcycling.

FIRST (winning a first place rosette and a copy of Kirstie Allsopp's new book Kirstie's Christmas Crafts.

Carol Anne for her beautiful quilt.


SECOND (winning a second place rosette)

Nora Stack for her upcycling of bricks into bed edging, a barbeque and raised planters.


THIRD (winning a third place rosette)

Tracey MacDonald who showed that an old window and filing cabinet can have an afterlife in this upcycled solar dehydrator.


4. Best preserve – savoury or sweet.

FIRST (winning a first place rosette and three artisan preserves from Spead The Love)

Nicola Garnham with her Indian Preserved Limes


SECOND (winning a second place rosette)

Nicola Garnham amazed us with her wide range of preserves and takes second with her Blackberry, Apple and Chilli Chutney.


THIRD (winning a third place rosette)

Peter Fillery with his love of all things rhubarb with Orange and Rubarb Chutney and Rhubarb and Ginger Chutney.


5. Best flowers – indoors or outdoors. 

FIRST (winning a first place rosette and Dark Comos Mix and Light Cosmos Mix seeds from Sarah Raven)

Sharron Highams who shows she has a real touch for flowers in a vase.


SECOND (winning a second place rosette)

Naomi Harrison with her Rosa moyesii "Geranium".


Though we were bombarded with entries for category 1, 3 and 4 it seems that this year people have shied away from flowers and disasters. Or else, everyone's flowers were disastrous.

All winners and runners up can contact us via our Facebook Page to arrange delivery of rosettes and prizes (these are only for first prizes).