A new national contest aims to seek out Britain’s youngest and oldest allotment gardeners.

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Launched by the National Allotment Society (NAS) at the Edible Garden Show in London in March, winners are set to be announced during National Allotment Week (10-16 August).

Categories include the oldest plot-holder, youngest plot-holder (16+) youngest grower on parents plot, longest family rental of a plot, oldest site and local authority that has built the most new plots over five years.

The NAS (formerly National Society of Allotment and Leisure Gardeners), said the contest would bring out positive allotment stories.

Spokeswoman Di Appleyard said: “There is lots of talk about plots being disposed of; contentious issues and negative stories.

“But there are councils that are creating new allotment sites. We are keen to encourage a change of culture around allotments among planners and developers.

“We want them to see allotments as an opportunity – and not something that they have to move,” Di explained.

Although prizes for the contest are yet to be confirmed, it’s likely that the presentation ceremony will be held in August at Barnsdale Gardens in Rutland, home of the late Gardeners’ World host Geoff Hamilton.

To find out more about the contest, visit www.nsalg.org.uk.