Annual Vegetable and Flower Show

This year’s Annual Vegetable and Flower Show will be held on Sunday the 1st September 2019 here at Burley Model Allotments. The main entrance to the Site is on Lumley Place, The Show opens to the public at 2.00 p.m.

Planning for this year’s show is already in progress, please make a note of the date in your diary and come along and bring your family and friends with you to help make the show as successful this year as it has been in recent years. The show is for all plot holders and we’d like as many as possible to contribute.

To view the Annual Show Videos 2017 click here

The schedule will be similar to previous years and copies will be available at the hut from late July. There will also be information and advice available for those who are novices at showing. Please check out the Library for tips on how to show.
If you would like to, or you know someone who would want to set up a stall then let us know. If you have any ideas for raising funds or can help in any way with items for the raffle or are able to provide baked goods for sale on the day then please contact the Show Secretary. The event is a good opportunity for you to meet new and old friends and for us to raise money to help with the management of the allotment site.

The Show is the culmination of the growing year and gives all the plot holders the chance to display their fruit, vegetables and flowers that they have grown through the year. Although this is a “Competition” in so far as we do award prizes, we always remember that the spirit of the Show is to “Show what we Grow”.

We do NOT grow things just for the sake of the Show. The whole ethos of the Association is for us to provide a FUN day out for all our members and the local community and to create a day where everyone joins together for a celebration of the year.

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Show Schedule

BMAA Top Tray

1. Two each of any four vegetables to be displayed in a tray 18” X 24” – supports and garnishes allowed.

BMAA Top Vase

2. Between Six & Ten Stems, minimum of 2 cultivars - to be viewed from front.


Vegetables & Fruit

4. Six pods of Runner Beans
5. Six pods of French Beans
6. One white Cabbage – over 1½ lb, cut
7. One white Cauliflower
8. Two Leeks – blanched
9. Four white Potatoes
10. Four coloured Potatoes
11. Two White & two coloured Potatoes
12. Three Carrots – tops trimmed to 3 inches displayed on one plate
13. Three Beetroot (any type) – tops trimmed to 3 inches
14. Three Onions, from sets – dressed
15. Three Onions from seed – dressed
16. Six Shallots
17. One Cucumber
18. Two Courgettes
19. Two cobs of Sweetcorn
20. Two Chilli Peppers
21. Two Peppers – sweet
22. Two Squashes
23. Marrow – by weight
24. Pumpkin – by weight
25. Two of any root vegetable other than carrot or beetroot
26. Any other vegetable not in schedule
27. Plate of three dessert apples
28. Any other fruit not in Schedule


29. Four Standard – red
30. Four Standard – not red
31. Four Standard – plum shape
32. Eight Cherry
33. Two Beefsteak type and Two Standard on one plate
34. Three Standard & Three Cherry type displayed on one plate

NOTE – Plates will be provided, where required, in fruit & vegetable classes


35. One Vase of Mixed Flowers
36. One Vase of Flowers – not mixed – minimum 3 stems
37. One Pot Plant – Flowering
38. One Pot Plant – Foliage
39. One Vegetable and one flower

Jams & Pickle

40. One bottle of Pickles
41. One Bottle of Chutney
42. One Jar of Jam
43. One Jar of Jelly
44. One Container any other Preserves


Both classes in this section must incorporate produce grown on the allotment.

45a. Cake or Sweet Tray Bake (please label)
45b.Cold Vegetarian Bake Savoury Item (please label)

Fun Section

This Section is open to children of all ages 1 – 101. If under 16 please advise age when registering your entry.

46. Flower in a wine glass (glass provided)
47. Painting/drawing (garden theme)
48. Photograph taken on the Allotments (maximum size 10”5” and maximum number of entries is 3 per person)
49. Animal made from Fruit/veg.
50. Face on a plate (face made from fruit/veg/flowers)
51. Strangest Vegetable or Fruit
52. Tallest Sunflower (judged on plots)

Submission for Entry

Please submit your entries to the Allotment Hut on the following dates and times. Except where stated in the schedule.
Saturday 1st September from 10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.
Sunday 2nd September from 7.30 a.m. to 10.45 a.m.

Prizes and Awards

“We don't grow to show we show what we grow”
We produce a schedule for all classes and award prizes at the Annual Vegetable and Flower Show. This can be found in the Library.

Prizes are awarded for all classes as well as for the main cups which include:-

  • The Burley Model Shield - Presented to the exhibitor obtaining the most points at the show in the vegetable and fruit classes.
  • Eric Emms Trophy - Presented to the best entry in the tomato classes, this trophy is dedicated to memory of Eric who was the Association’s Secretary for many years.
  • Joe Wray Trophy - Presented to the best entry in the potato classes, this trophy is in tribute to Joe and is in recognition of his contributions to the Association and in particular his role as the Show’s Auctioneer.
  • Old Boys’ Trophy - This Trophy was donated by one of our plot holders who has had a plot for over 50 years and is in tribute to all our “Old Boys” who have made a long term contribution to the success of Burley Model Allotments. It will be awarded to the best floral entry in the Show
  • Pickle Trophy - This is a new trophy that was introduced in 2010, which has been kindly designed and made by Tim Ford and donated by Pauline McAdam. Tim and Pauline were respectively the Secretary and Treasurer of the Association for many years. This will be awarded each year to the best entry in the jams, pickles and preserves classes.
  • Bella Trophy - Again, a new trophy introduced in 2010, donated by a plot holder and named after a much loved dog, which was well known on the site. To be awarded to the best entry in the Onion Classes.

Awards are also presented for the following:-

  • Best Plot Holder
  • Best Half Plot
  • Best Newcomer
  • Best Border

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