New Plotholder Awards

New Plotholder Awards

The New Plotholder Awards aims to encourage, recognise and reward those individuals who rise tothe challenge of a new plot.

New plot-holders come to a plot which may or may not be in good condition, with a variety of previous gardening experiences, skills and backgrounds.

Whatever the starting point, the enthusiasm, hard work and commitment demonstrated by a new plot holder is to be commended and encouraged.

Who can participate?

This year, we ran two categories in parallel to make up for the previous year when we couldn’t offer an award during lockdown:

  • New Plotholder Award 2020: Applications for plotholders who would have entered last year, and who took on their plot after 1st January 2019
  • New Plotholder Award 2021: Applications for plot holders entering this year, and who have been allocated their plot after 1st January 2020

People can enter on their own behalf, and they can also nominate another plotholder.


  • 1st prize: £50 of gardening vouchers
  • 2nd prize: £40 of gardening vouchers

Both prizes also include an official certificate from the Incorporation of Gardeners.

Two commendations of £20 are also awarded for the most significant progress in overcoming adversity in particularly challenging conditions.

Timeline 2021

  • Sun 15 Aug

    Deadline for submissions

  • End of August

    Site visits by judges

  • Thu 2 Dec

    Presentation of awards at GAF AGM

Judging criteria

Points are awarded in several categories:

  • Overall growing plan
  • Overall appearance
  • Cultivation
  • Paths, hedges and boundaries
  • Systems and methods
  • Contribution to wider allotment community

For full details, see the application guidance below.

How to apply

This year’s awards have been judged, but you can still read the full application guidance, and think about sending a proposal to the award coordinator next year via the contact details therein.