As we have done for the past 13 years, The Cellar Trust’s resident horticulture expert Jack First entered several varieties of fruit and vegetables into the West Yorkshire Organic Show at which was held on Saturday 21 September at Exhibition Hall in Saltaire village, running alongside the Saltaire Festival. The festival was very well attended with thousands of visitors thronging the various events.
Jack entered 37 varieties into the competition, including some grown in hotbeds, and we are thrilled to say that we won in 18 different categories, including 6 first prizes! The full list of our awards includes:
- Tomatoes – highly commended
- Carrots- highly commended
- Apples (eating) – first, second and third prizes
- Calabrese – first prize
- Plums – first prize
- Cauliflower – first prize
- Sweet corn cob – first prize
- Leeks – first and third prize
- Pears – highly commended
- Blackberries- highly commended
- Courgettes – second and third prize
- French beans – third prize
- Cucumber / gherkins – third prize
- Fruit (not scheduled) – third prize
Amazing job Jack, well done!
About Jack First
Jack First is the Horticulture Manager at The Cellar Trust where he runs a therapeutic horticultural course. He runs an allotment in Marley (near Keighley) where he grows an incredible variety of fruit and vegetables. He is assisted by service users of The Cellar Trust as well as numerous dedicated volunteers. Jack has previously appeared on BBC Gardeners World and has written and published a book about Hotbeds – an age old method of growing fruit and veg that gets the most out of the soil and dramatically reduces growing cycles.