Green fingers at the ready – Slough Horticultural show is officially launched

Published: 17 May 2018

The Slough Horticultural Show was officially launched by the Slough Allotment Federation and the council, last Wednesday (16 May).
The event takes place in Lascelles Park on 18 August, between 11am and 5pm, and there will be lots to see and do.
There will be competitions for the best home grown produce including vegetables and flowers, and best home made items, including cakes, knitted items and clothing. For keen photographers, there will be a photography competition. There are also classes for children to enter their home grown produce and home made wares.
Schools and youth groups can take part in the challenge to create a scarecrow that depicts a child’s film or book character. The scarecrow can be made using any materials and should be brought along on the day for judging.
All produce classes will be judged by professional horticultural judges which will take place earlier in the day. Best in show will be judged at 4.30pm and there will be the opportunity to buy any produce that has been entered into the competitions after this time.
Entering is easy, just go to www.slough.gov.uk/sloughshow and download the schedules, pick the class(es) you would like to enter and fill out the application form. Or, you can pick up a schedule and application form from your local allotment trading hut.
In addition to the competition classes, there will be lots of entertainment on offer, including;
• Basil and crew – super cute farmyard animals
• fun fair rides
• inflatable maze
• bouncy castle
• classic/vintage cars on display
• entertainment in the main arena
• food and drink stalls
• the Slough in Bloom tent – exhibiting floral displays
• the Grand Marquee – main judging.
For further information, email sloughhorticulturalshow@gardener.com
The show also needs volunteers to help on the day. If you are interested in volunteering, contact ian.judd@slough.gov.uk
Haley Baldwin from Slough Allotment Federation, said: “We’re really excited to be bringing this new event to Slough, I am looking forward to seeing all the wonderful items that people bring along.

“It’s a family event and we hope that Slough families will have fun growing and making together (all child entries are free with adults at 50pence) you really do not have to be an expert there is something for everybody we have lots to see and do and hope that the community will join us on the day.”

Cllr Rob Anderson, cabinet member for environment and leisure, said: “I am delighted we are supporting the allotment federation with this new event in the Slough calendar and can’t wait to see all the competition entries on the day.

“There really is something for everyone. If you are a keen gardener, why not enter your prized vegetables into a class? If you are creative, why not showcase some of your home made wares? You could win a prize!

“And for budding horticulturalists and creative minds there are a whole host of classes especially for children, so something for everyone.”