Living as I do, in the idyll of Weston, South Northamptonshire, you may be forgiven for thinking that it’s a sleepy little village – not so, for behind closed doors the community galvanises and punches above their weight. One such example would be the spectacular Weston & Weedon Horticultural Society which was originally founded by the gardener and broadcaster, Cecil Henry Middleton, in 1940.
Mr Middleton launched “The Dig for Victory Campaign” on his radio show “In Your Garden”. He regularly attracted 3.5m listeners who tuned into the BBC Home Service every Sunday to listen to his horticultural tips. This year marks the 70th Anniversary of the Weston & Weedon Horticultural show where the C. H Midleton Cup for vegetables is still closely fought over and revered.
Over the years many a celebrity has graced our horticultural hotspot, from Derek Nimmo to Dame Edna Everage, who opened the show on, not one, but two occasions!
There are over 152 classes from floral art, photography and cookery including the “men only” Guinness cake, to the strangest looking vegetable and heaviest marrow. Entries cost up to an eye-watering £0.50 but the rewards could quite easily buy the winner a round of tea and cake in the tea tent! Clearly, it’s not about the winning but the satisfaction of being at one with nature and carrying on the time-honoured, horticultural tradition.
The longest runner beans.
The longest carrots.
Stunning Pom Pom Dahlias.
Class 97 – Guinness Cake, MEN ONLY. Some things haven’t changed since 1940!
Class 36 – A pair of cauliflower, 8cm stem.
A wonderful tradition which gathers the community to celebrate the fruits of the land!