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John Shuttleworth Cup 2017


Signs Point to Allotment Cup Winners!


Binswood Allotment Society Announce the Results of the 2017 John Shuttleworth Cup Competition


This year’s John Shuttleworth Cup challenge was to create some type of plot signage that inventively identified your allotment with your official plot number or name.


There certainly was no lack of creativity when it came to entries, and the judges were impressed with the wonderful variety and ingenuity that plot holders demonstrated. Needless to say it was very difficult to name one winner.


So in the end, the Cup has been awarded, as it has on at least one previous occasion, to two entrants: Karen Stephenson for her joyful cluster of bird houses and Nick and Sonya Bond for their elegantly rendered wood carving surrounded by flowering plants.


Karen identified her plots by decorating and painting her plot numbers on hand-made bird boxes that she hung from her fruit trees.* These were part of a larger instillation that celebrated the creative possibilities that arise when you mix art and allotments together.




Nick and Sonya’s effort resulted in an impressive, permanent plot marker that incorporated areas into the design for growing veg, fruit and flowers, currently winter-hardy pansies and cyclamen.


There were many other wonderful entries that deserve recognition. Kudos for the funniest sign goes to Jim Dean (who made the most of a lucky number):


Witty, too, was Tim Walter, who gave us a puzzle to parse. Can you figure out his plot number? **


And how about these? Whether incorporating natural materials like tree trunks – man-made materials, like buckets – or a bit of gardener’s poetry, each demonstrated creative flair.




Thanks to all who participated in this year’s completion. The Shuttleworth Cup will be officially presented to the winners at the AGM in April 2018.



* If you fancy acquiring one of Karen’s bird boxes, check out her Facebook page. All proceeds will go to the charity ‘Wigs for Kids’, which provides hair replacement systems for children undergoing cancer treatment.


** Pea OH ate one = P081 – get it?