Northern Branch Championships held in conjunction with the North of England Society Autumn Flower Show

The 2017 Northern Branch Championships were held at the Harrogate Show Ground on the 15th  to 17th September.   This year the Championships was held a week before the National Championships which will be held at the Three Counties Show Ground at Malvern.   This did not stop the top growers from the Northern Branch and our friends from across the border in Scotland entering the Championships.   The layout this year had been slightly changed around to give additional bench space for both the Northern Branch and North of England Championships, there is nothing worse than having grown vegetables to the highest possible standard and then seeing them crammed together due to lack of space.   A total of 81 exhibitors entered the championships with 78 exhibitor staging and that is the largest number of exhibitors at the show since I have been Show Secretary.   A total of 236 exhibits were staged out of 366 entries a none staging of 36%. which is the same as last year.  Some of the classes had a very high percentage of vegetables not being staged for what ever reasons ( blanch leeks 84%, Celery 47%,  stump carrots 46%) this may be due to the Northern Branch Championships being renowned for having top quality vegetables  on the benches.

Marshalls Seeds had sponsored a class for their new dwarf bean Satelit and this was well supported.

I have been associated with this show for many years and some of the vegetables on show are the best I have ever seen.   The N V S Silver Medal was won for the second year in succession by Peter Holden for the Mini Collection of two leeks, two long carrots and two exhibition onions I will be very surprised if the mini collection at the National is any better.   The class for three exhibition onions had only 4 entries but two of these were outstanding the winner being Peter Clark and Ian Stocks, coming second.   You could look at most of the classes and there were outstanding exhibits to be seen the collection Jeff Parsons had a celery called Starburst which was massive and Peter Clark's large exhibition onion in the same class could not be faulted.     

The red cards were split among exhibitor with Sherie Plumb winning the Cockney Bowl for the most points in show (40) narrowly beating I stocks (36).

The Northern Branch are extremely grateful to the North of England Horticultural Society for allowing us to hold our Championships at The Autumn Flower Show.

We are also very lucky to have great sponsors in Marshalls Seeds D T Brown, Wright Marshalls Auctioneers, and Ashley Waller Auctioneers.   We also rely on our sponsors who have been with us for many years and without their support we could not continue, Robinson Seeds, Select Seeds, Crest Publishing the Northern Branch District Associations and for the first time West Yorkshire Fuchsia and Pot plant Society.

In 2018 it will be the Northern Branch to hold the National Championship on the

14th to 16th September at the Harrogate Show Ground.   Lets hope we all have a good growing year for 2018 and that we can make the National Championships with your help and support the best ever.

J Croot FNVS

Northern Branch Show Secretary.

A full list of prizewinners can be found here>

National Championships - Malvern Autumn Show

A full list of prizewinners can be found here>

Written on Friday 29th September 2017 by Emily Plumb


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