Royston plot-holders show off fruits of their labour at allotment open day

PUBLISHED: 09:46 13 August 2019 | UPDATED: 09:46 13 August 2019

Jemimah  has a plot with her family and picked up the award for ‘most unusual container’. Picture: Vicki Seddon

Jemimah has a plot with her family and picked up the award for ‘most unusual container’. Picture: Vicki Seddon

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Royston Allotment and Garden Association welcomed more than 120 people to their annual open day on Sunday.

The Royston Allotment and Garden Association 2019 open day. Picture: Vicki Seddon The Royston Allotment and Garden Association 2019 open day. Picture: Vicki Seddon

Visitors to the plots in Coombes Hole had the opportunity to feed the resident flock of hens, pick up some zero-food-mile produce, and learn more about growing their own fruit and vegetables.

Children enjoyed a range of games including a treasure hunt. There was also a barbecue with locally sourced meat, and a selection of delicious homemade cakes.

The Royston Allotment and Garden Association 2019 open day. Picture: Vicki Seddon The Royston Allotment and Garden Association 2019 open day. Picture: Vicki Seddon

Neil Guttridge, chairman of RAGA, said: "We were so pleased to see so many people at our event, despite the breezy conditions. 
"We've seen a real increase in the number of young families wanting to learn how to grow their own food in recent years. We have more than 110 plot-holders and most are really proud to show off the fruits of their labour and share their growing hints and tips."

RAGA supports enthusiastic growers by running a members' shop on the allotment site, providing advice and help, and arranging outings and events.

The Royston Allotment and Garden Association 2019 open day. Picture: Vicki SeddonThe Royston Allotment and Garden Association 2019 open day. Picture: Vicki Seddon

If you're not a plot holder you can still join RAGA as a garden member for just £5 a year. Find out more about the allotments at www.raga.org.uk, follow them on Twitter @RoystonAGA or search 'Royston Allotments' on Facebook.

The courgette box display by Becky McMichael demonstrates all the things you can do with a glut of courgettes. Picture: Vicki SeddonThe courgette box display by Becky McMichael demonstrates all the things you can do with a glut of courgettes. Picture: Vicki Seddon

The Royston Allotment and Garden Association 2019 open day. Picture: Vicki SeddonThe Royston Allotment and Garden Association 2019 open day. Picture: Vicki Seddon

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