WINNER: Dave Greenland
WINNER: Dave Greenland

THERE was a bumper crop of trophies for one entrant of the Gainford Horticultural Society annual vegetable show last weekend.

For the second year running, keen horticulturalist Dave Greenland, who is also treasurer of the Cross Keys Leek Club, earned the most number of points in the show and took the top prize. But he also cleaned up with trophies for most points in the vegetable class, best vegetable exhibit and best flower exhibit for his impressive entries.

The keen gardener, who has three allotments, fielded 50 entries in the show and won a staggering 12 first places, 13 seconds and 11 thirds.

Mr Greenland said he was “really chuffed” to have taken the top prize for the second consecutive year.

Show manager Maire Kennan, who is retiring from the position after five years, said: “The number of entries in the vegetable classes was slightly down on last year, but that’s really due to the lack of rain we’ve had. Across the board it has been well supported.”


Enthusiastic flower-grower Don Eccles won the Miss Brown trophy for the best rose in show. However he was delighted his stunning gladioli picked up a first prize as well.

The DS Harris Trophy for best pansies was won by Kath Hebdon and the Jefferson trophy for best pot plant was awarded to Belinda Goyder. Christine Graham won the silver cup for best floral art.

The Heslop family once again dominated the cookery section of the show with Sarah Heslop taking the top two trophies.

She attained most points in cookery and took the prize for best exhibit for some of her delicious looking cakes while her daughter, Amy, gained the most points in children’s cookery. Scarlett Smith Goyder was judged the best children’s cookery exhibit.

In the arts and crafts section, Kathy Russell was awarded the silver cup for ladies arts and crafts while Jason Semple won the RF Spalding Cup for mens arts and crafts. The children’s trophy was won by William Hebdon.