WINSFORD’S award-winning Over Allotments turned 90-years-old at the weekend during a fun-packed annual open day event.

Visitors perused the plots at Moss Bank while enjoying special events on Saturday, July 26, including how-to guides to beekeeping and knot tying, a scarecrow trail created by local primary school children and demos by Winsford’s Incredible Edibles.

“Over the years, hundreds of community gardeners have lovingly tended their plots, but I would be very surprised if the site as a whole has ever looked better than it does today,” said town mayor, clr Gina Lewis. “It fully justifies its claim to be one of the best sites in West Cheshire.”

Plot holders eagerly awaited the award of the Dempster Challenge Trophy – the oldest community award in Winsford, recognising the year’s best allotment keeping.

Pete and Sue O’Brien were the recipients of the coveted cup, while other dedicated gardeners took home honours for their green-fingered endeavours over the past year.

Over Allotments Association chairman, John Malam, said the day’s inclement weather couldn’t keep the visitors away.

“Despite the heavy rain – which was no more than a spot of light drizzle to hardened allotmenteers – the day was a great success, and our visitors enjoyed seeing Winsford’s secret garden,” said John.

He added that the Allotments Association have purchased a memorial bench to remember the efforts of the many Winsfordians who have helped turned Moss Bank into an award winning haven from the bustle of town over the past nine decades.

“The bench is in our communal area where people meet for a chat and a cuppa, and it’ll be a reminder to us of all those who have loved these allotments throughout the years,” added John.

This year’s awards went to:-

Best small plot - Robbie and Mary Simpson

Best medium plot - Julie and Ken Nelson

Best large plot - Pete and Sue O’Brien

Best raised bed - Danny Weedall

Mayor’s Shield for Best Scarecrow - Over St John’s Primary School

Dempster Trophy - Pete and Sue O’Brien