Malvern Autumn Show was a record breaking seasonal spectacle with more than 65,000 visitors flooding through the gates at the Three Counties Showground.
A feast of family entertainment included three world record breaking Giant Vegetables, a bumper crop of RHS gold medals, a record number of entries for the Home Grown competition and a pumpkin carved to resemble the newly appointed Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. Together with the Best In Show winning floral display featuring a rugby ball centerpiece constructed entirely of cherry tomatoes in celebration of the Rugby World Cup, a star studded line up of guests and much more.
Ken Nottage, CEO of the Three Counties Agricultural Society, said: “What a fantastic end to our 2015 show season here at the Three Counties Agricultural Society. The sun shone throughout the weekend and the atmosphere has been fantastic. We welcomed a wide array of seasonal fayre including many new varieties in both florals and produce, together with the UK Giant Vegetable Championship, which yet again continued to smash yet more world records. The show was a true celebration of the harvest on offer throughout the Three Counties. Our team is already steaming ahead with plans for RHS Malvern on 5th – 8th May 2016, so watch this space!”
UK GIANT VEG CHAMPIONSHIP
For 2015, this area of the show broke three world records and received a record number of entries – over 300, up 10% on 2014 figures:
World’s Longest Beetroot measuring 7.21 metres long, over a foot longer than the previous record. Grown by Joe Atherton, Mansfield.
World’s Heaviest Cucumber weighed in at 12.9 kilos, grown by Cornishman David Thomas from Hayle.
World’s Heaviest Leek weighed in at 10.6 kilos, grown by Paul Rochester from Sunderland.
RHS FLOWER SHOW
The last outdoor RHS flower show of 2015 welcomed over 40 award winning nurseries with stunning displays of plants, shrubs and produce.
Best In Show – Medwyns of Anglesey
A display of over 40 varying vegetables, featuring a rugby ball centerpiece constructed entirely of cherry tomatoes in celebration of the Rugby World Cup. Medwyn also introduced four new varieties of carrots with ‘Melodio’, ‘Short and Sweet’, ‘Charisma’ and one yet to be named – perhaps a ‘Warburton’ following Wales’ recent victory at Twickenham.
GOLD MEDAL WINNERS
- Medwyns of Anglesey
- Black Country Fuschia Society
- Chrysanthemums Direct
- Craig House Cacti
- Derbyshire Bonsai
- Dibleys Nurseries
- Every Picture
- Fibrex Nurseries Ltd
- Hampshire Carnivorous Plants
- Kelnan Plants
- Mendip Bonsai Studio
- National Dahlia Society
- Nerine and Amaryllid Society
- Old Court Nurseries
- Oska Copperfield
- Pheasant Acre Plants
- R V Roger Ltd
- T3 Plants – Wall End Nursery
- Tale Valley Nursery
- W Robinson & Son Ltd
SILVER GUILT WINNERS
- D’Arcy & Everest
- Fuschia Friends
- Green Jjam Nurseries
- Hardy’s Cottage Garden Plants
- Hooks Green Herbs
- Hoyland Plant Centre
- Jacques Amand International Ltd
- Just Airplants (Shamac Ltd)
- Plant Heritage
- Potash Nursery
- Royal National Rose Society
- Tynings Climbers
- British Fuschia Society
- C & K Jones
- Daisy Roots
- Devine Nurseries
- Floyds Climbers
- Garden of Japan
- Golden Hill Nurseries
- Gordon’s Nursery
- Hayloft Plants Ltd
- High Park Nursery
- The Botanic Nursery
- Westdale Nurseries
- C Newberry and Son
- Glens Gardens
- Painswick Rococo Garden Trust
- Pennards Plants feature garden ‘The Allotment Patch’ in the Good Life Pavilion
A number of nurseries launched new varieties at the Malvern Autumn Show. Floyds Climbers introduced Clematis ‘Kitty’ and Clematis ‘Freedom’, together with Hampshire Carnivorous Plants that showcased a new Saracenia hybrid and a new Nepanthes alata, both yet to be named. Mendip Bonsai also displayed a 65-year-old Pyracantha, a 60-year-old maple and a 60-year-old Chinese Quince, which is considered to be one of the finest examples in England.
HOPSHIRE CHAMPION BEER COMPETITION
Hopshire, a growers and brewers collective launched in 2013, crowned the Hopshires Champion Bottled Beer at the Malvern Autumn Show. Brewing members from the collectives three counties of Worcestershire, Herefordshire and Shropshire were invited to enter. The winner was:
- 1st Place, Hopshire Champion – Bewdley Brewery – M.V. Balmoral
- 2nd Place – Ludlow Brewing Co. – Gold
- 3rd Place – Hobsons Brewery – Town Crier
The three shires of Worcestershire, Herefordshire and Shropshire together produce more than half of the hops grown in the UK. The number of UK breweries has hit an 80 year high with more than 1,400 breweries in Britain and new breweries opening at a rate of up to 3 a week over the last 2 years with latest figures indicating that the industry supports up to 870,000 jobs in Britain.
STAR STUDDED LINE UP
Best selling food writer, cook and broadcaster Valentine Warner headlined the 2015 Malvern Autumn Show with Otter Farm’s Mark Diacono. Hosted by Mark, Valentine demonstrated the richness of the season with cookery demonstrations in the event’s Kitchen Garden Theatre.
BBC Gardeners’ World’s Joe Swift joined fellow gardeners in Q&As sessions. Also sharing expert knownhow was Jim Buttress, highly respected RHS Judge and presenter of BBC Big Allotment Challenge.
Fellow Big Allotment Challenge co-star, Jonathan Moseley headed up the shows all-new Autumn Floral Fiesta. This brand new area of the show aimed to support British flower growers, giving them a platform to demonstrate the wealth, beauty and diversity of flowers that can be grown in the UK.
- Over 65,000 people through the gates
- 300 entries to the UK Giant Vegetable Championships
- 3 world records broken by the UK Giant Vegetable Championship
- Over 1,800 entries in the Home Grown area of the show, an increase of nearly 20% on 2014 entries.
- Over 40 award winning nurseries on display in the RHS Flower Show
- More than 8 new varieties launched at the show
Next year’s Malvern Autumn Show will take place on Saturday 24 September and Sunday 25 September. For information, please visit www.malvernautumnshow.co.uk or call 01684 230128.