Summer bloom for New Victoria Gardens

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A WET washout of a summer hasn’t stopped the New Victoria Gardens in its tracks.

The Pollokshields allotment site – the oldest in Scotland, first established in 1871 – has picked up two Glasgow-wide awards this year.

NVG is now the proud recipient of both the St Mungo Cup and the Sustainable Site Award, both from Glasgow city council and the Glasgow Allotment Forum.

The first, judged on the quality and variety of vegetables and flowers, plot cleanliness and maintenance, was brought back by Norman Smith.

The second prize was awarded after a presentation by NVG president Fiona Sutherland, and recognises excellence in the areas of permaculture: care for the earth, people and “fair share” – that is, sharing the garden’s spoils with the rest of the community.

The St Mungo Cup has something of a history with the club, which gives out a replica trophy among its own allotment keepers in memory of William Hodgson, who won the city-wide cup 10 times between 1969 and 1990.

The Hodgson memorial trophy for best flower and vegetable garden will be given out at the New Victoria Gardens annual open day, which takes place on Saturday (August 25), 2-5pm.

All are welcome along for an exhibition of prize-winning plants, stalls selling produce and bric-a-brac, and special treats for children.

Admission is £1 (although accompanied under 12s are welcome for free) and you can find the gardens behind a green door on Glenapp Street, just off Albert Drive in East Pollokshields.

To find out more about the open day, or the gardens, email new.victoria.gardens@gmail.com.