King of the Crops John Continues to Grow His Allotment Legacy With Sixth Title


Green-fingered John Fairhurst has once again become king of the crops after judges awarded him the James Prescott Trophy for the best kept allotment for the sixth year running.

The illustrious trophy was first presented in 1957, recognising the general condition of plots, their layout and tidiness, the variety of crops grown and their continuity.

Judges who surveyed all of the borough’s allotments were once again impressed with John’s exemplary variety, quality and continuity of crops grown at Lilford Park, together with the general organisation of the plot.

Congratulations are also in order for second placed Steven Lloyd at Hope Carr Lane Allotments and third placed Mark Critchley at Lilford Park Allotments

The James Prescott Trophy is named after a keen Leigh gardener who donated the prize to Leigh Borough Council in 1956 to encourage more people to look after their allotments.

Commenting on his sixth successive win, John said: “It’s fantastic that judges have again recognised my efforts but the main reason why I maintain my allotment is because of the keen sense of community amongst the tenants at Lilford with lots of friendly competition throughout the year in various competitions.

“Maintaining an allotment is also great gentle exercise that keeps me fit and active and I would like to congratulate all those who took part.”