September IV: Hillingdon Borough Show prizes…..

Saturday 16th September saw the London Borough of Hillingdon host its fifth Autumn Fruit and Vegetable show, this year in the magnificent Great Barn at the Manor Farm site in Ruislip.

The quantity of entries and standard of produce increase each year, making winning prizes more satisfying and meaningful each year.

This year, I entered seven classes, including the highly competitive salad tomatoes, stump carrots, dessert apples and trug of vegetables, in all four of which I was delighted to secure prizes. In addition, my entries to the shallots >30mm and non-white potato classes received Highly Commended awards. Only in the beetroot class was my entry unclassified, which taught me that perfectly formed roots score higher than large ones……

I was delighted to hear from the Mayor and Councillor Jonathan Bianco that my Trug was a big hit with the judges as we posed for obligatory photos for the Council’s publicity department.

It is an excellent event going from strength to strength, not least due to the generous prizes on offer.

Prize winning pictures are shown below:

Author: Rhys

Rhys trained as a research biologist, working for a decade in the cancer research charity sector, before completing an MBA and working in management consultancy, technology transfer and early technology investment spaces, mostly working with UK academics to turn their scientific discoveries into value for society. AS a younger man, he was fascinated with mountains, both climbing them and ski-ing down them. Whilst living in Scotland, he completed a round of (then) all 277 Munros, the independent mountains over 3000ft originally complied as a list by Munro. He also spent his holidays representing the Ski Club of GB, as a Representative and Party Leader between 1990 and 1997. During that time, he found to his bemusement that he was able to predict, without understanding fully why, to a remarkable degree of accuracy, when good snow conditions would occur in the Alps, gaining an unworthy reputation for predictive genius in 1990 when predicting the evolution of the 1989/90 winter in Wengen, Switzerland for his CEO boss. He used this skill for the next seven years to ensure that he enjoyed powder snow pretty much every time he went ski-ing. An MD student he was training in Oxford also impressed his wife by taking Rhys' advice about when to take her to Italy in the mid 1990s! In recent years, Rhys has turned his mind toward how to grow prize tomatoes, winning several prizes in local and London shows and has, in the past 3 years, moved toward taking over a 50 square metre urban vegetable patch, which he has turned into a no-dig area since autumn 2014.

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