Due to the dynamic speed of events, and in an effort to keep our members updated, please click here for updates, i.e. cancellations or changes of NVS talks, meetings, events and shows due to the coronavirus outbreak.

You can also find the NVS' statement on Coronavirus here.

Details of NVS show cancellations

Unfortunately, the NVS National Championships have been cancelled due to Coronavirus. Further detail can be found here>

All NVS Branch Championships (Southern, Welsh , Northern, Scottish and Midland) have also been cancelled.

NVS "virtual" show 2020

During these unprecedented times,  Our thoughts are first and foremost with everyone keeping safe at this time and in the near future. With the cancellation of many shows this year, We have turned to technology to enable our members to have a little fun and show and share what they have grown. We are delighted to provide you with  our schedule for our “Virtual Show 2020”. The concept is simple, each exhibitor will choose the class(es) they wish to enter, stage the exhibit at home, photograph the exhibit and submit the entry via email. 

A copy of the schedule can be found here>

Email entries only to:

Entries close on Thursday 3rd September 2020 at 11.59pm

NVS 2020 Yellow Mimi Tomato and Falco Turnip "virtual" Growing Experience competition

As a result of the current lockdown in connection with the Coronavirus Covid 19 pandemic, most horticultural shows have now been cancelled, certainly up to mid/end September 2020. At the recent NVS Trustee Meeting (held as a conference call to stay safe), it was decided that some form of competition be organised to have some fun and to assist with feedback for our sponsors. It has been agreed that the competition will use the free Marshalls Yellow Mimi F1 Tomato seeds and D.T.Brown Falco F1 turnip seeds included with the NVS Spring 2020 Simply Vegetables magazine. It was further decided that rather than just grow show bench quality tomatoes and turnips, and in an attempt to encourage those members who do not normally compete in the prestigious shows as well as those who do not compete at all, that the competition would be all about the growing experience.

Further details can be found here>

NVS National Championships 2021

As reported earlier, with the Dundee Food & Flower Festival 2020 having been cancelled so was our 2020 National Championships.

For your information, it had been unanimously agreed by the five Branch Chairs that we will plan to hold the National Championships for 2021 in Dundee.

(The National Championships will then continue in the usual order, e.g. with Wales hosting the Championships in 2022 and so on).

Mimi tomato - Marshall's special class - CANCELLED

Due to unforeseen circumstances caused by the Coronavirus outbreak, we have unfortunately been unable to include the free Mimi tomato seeds from Marshall's (as detailed in our member's Simply Vegetables Magazine, page 17). The seed was for our members to enjoy growing ands also, to have the chance to compete at local branch Competitions around the Country. The specific Marshall's Mimi Class will now not take place this year at any Branch show).

Update: Further to our announcement that advised our members would not receive the free Mimi seed in their April Simply Vegetables Magazine, there was a distribution problem which resulted in some members actually receiving the free seed.

For those members who did, we do hope that those members who are still safely able to grow vegetables during this time of great uncertainty, that you to provide feedback and send photos of your growing season and results to let us and Marshalls know how you got on. 

Likewise, for those growing the free Falco turnip seed from DT Brown, we encourage you to provide feedback for these too. Thankyou.

Written on Sunday 15th March 2020 by Emily Plumb


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