A Ruddington allotment holder has been rewarded for all her hard work – not only with the fruit, vegetables and flowers she’s grown, but also with a special trophy.
Susie Moore has received the award for Hareham Gardens Best Allotment 2021, and is pictured (above) receiving it from Robin Crinage – the Chairman of the Board of Trustees at The James Peacock Bread Charity. Susie was given the special prize for bringing a previously neglected plot, within the allotments at the corner of Musters Road and Asher Lane, up to a high standard in just one year.
“I have never understood why vegetables in supermarkets come wrapped in plastic so I have always wanted to grow my own” explains Susie. “However living in a first floor flat in the centre of the village with no outdoor space prevented this. I put my name down on the list and soon got my allotment plot. It was in a pretty unloved state, but myself, my sister Georgia and our dog Ollie took it on with great pride. The pandemic actually helped us, as it gave us the time to really get into it. The need to be outside was strong in those times and our mental and physical health benefitted greatly.”
Susie has named her plot ‘Little Pink Shed’: “What makes it so special is that we have reused and recycled most things on the plot and so ‘Little Pink Shed’ was born” she says. “Why buy new when you can paint an unloved shed pink, install lighting, a kettle and a gin shelf and you are off to a great start. It’s safe to say that what we don’t know about gardening/allotmenting we have made up for in enthusiasm. A bit of Gardeners’ World also helps!”
Those on Instagram can follow Susie and Georgia’s continuing allotment story at @little_pink_shed.
If you’re a Ruddington resident and would like to join the waiting list for your own plot at Hareham Gardens – which is run by The James Peacock Bread Charity – you’re asked to email Sarah Woodhouse at email@example.com.