Annual Vegetable and Flower Show

This year’s Annual Vegetable and Flower Show has been cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak. This decision was not taken lightly but given the circumstances we felt this was necessary to ensure everyone’s safety. The reasons we have reluctantly decided to cancel the Annual Show for 2020 is that we cannot see any way we could set up the site, hold the Show and clear the site at the end while trying to abide by any kind of social distancing guidelines. Even if the restrictions were to be relaxed, it is unlikely that people would feel comfortable with the crush of visitors that always seems to happen at the Show and would be unlikely to turn up.

If appropriate, we would like to organise something later in the year or early next year – perhaps around pickles and preserves rather than fresh produce. If anyone has any bright ideas for how we can maintain a feeling of community in these weird times we would be delighted to hear from you.

We are looking to add photos of your plots this year to the Gallery page, so if you have any photos of your plot taken at any time in the year, or would like to take some now, we would love to put them in the Gallery page so that everyone can see what is going on. This would be especially important for plot holders who have to self-isolate or shield themselves at the moment.

Our hope is to build up a record of your plot and how it changes through the year. Our aim is to add these to the gallery at the end of the year. These will replace the annual show photos that we would have taken at this year’s show.

Given this rather ambitious plan instead of adding photos one at a time we will be doing a bulk load of all photos at the end of the season so it could be some time before these appear on the website.

To make things easier and to help to collate all the photos it would be a great help if you could rename any files you submit with your plot number and the month taken.

Please send your photos to so we can add them to the gallery for you.

You will find below links to videos from previous shows and an aerial view of the site taken by drone last year.

To view BMAA Aerial View click here

To view the Annual Show Videos 2018 click here

To view the Annual Show Videos 2017 click here

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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.

Vegetables & Fruit

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


25. Four Standard – red
26. Four Standard – not red
27. Four Standard – plum shape
28. Eight Cherry
29. Two Beefsteak type and Two Standard on one plate
30. Three Standard & Three Cherry type displayed on one plate

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


31. One Vase of Mixed Flowers
32. One Vase of Flowers – not mixed – minimum 3 stems
33. One Vase of Flowers – not mixed – insect friendly
34. One Vegetable and one flower

Jams & Pickle

35. One bottle of Pickles
36. One Bottle of Chutney
37. One Jar of Jam
38. One Jar of Jelly
39. One bottle of cordial or alchohol 40. One Container any other Preserves


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

41. Cake or Sweet Tray Bake (please label)
42.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.

43. Flower in a wine glass (glass provided)
44. Photograph taken on the Allotments (maximum size 10”5” and maximum number of entries is 3 per person)
45. Animal made from Fruit/veg.
46. Miniature garden in a seed tray
47. Strangest Vegetable or Fruit
48. 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 31st August from 10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.
Sunday 1st September from 7.30 a.m. to 10.45 a.m.

Prizes and Awards

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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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