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Town Council crowns allotment winners

Each year Newbury Town Council present awards to allotment tenants from each site who are judged to have kept the best allotment plots. This year, during these difficult times, it was felt that as a number of allotment tenants would have been shielding and not able to spend time tending their plots the traditional awards would not be appropriate.

In partnership with the Allotment Stewards at each site, one tenant, or tenants from each of the 6 Newbury sites were identified as having done something special or extraordinary at their allotment site throughout the season of 2020.

At the Community Services Committee Meeting, held via ZOOM on Monday 21st September, the winners from each site were awarded with a certificate and will be receiving a bespoke handcrafted key ring, made by local artist Naomi Lunn of Pyromani Art.

Cllr Martin Colston, Leader of the Council said: “We appreciate that this year it has been very difficult and some of our allotment tenants would not have been able to tend their plots as usual.

"We were also unable to hold our annual ‘Newbury in Bloom’ awards this year, which is very disappointing so when we heard about what some of our tenants were doing and contributing during ‘Lockdown’ from our Allotment Stewards we were inspired by their dedication and support of fellow tenants and the community.

"I would like to congratulate the award winners and thank them for their continued efforts during these strange and difficult times.

" We are looking forward to planning our ‘Newbury in Bloom’ Awards for 2021 and Newbury will also be entering the ‘Thames and Chiltern in Bloom’ competition once again, in partnership with our Green Spaces Working Group."

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