Swansea pensioner’s allotment is blooming marvellous
A SWANEA pensioner’s allotment is blooming marvellous.
If in doubt pop along to meet Huw Rees at his beloved allotment in Llansamlet and he will show you carrots and leeks to take your breath away.
His crop certainly impressed the judges at this year’s Swansea in Bloom competition as he was awarded a Gold medal for his efforts in the competition’s Best Individual Allotment Plot section.
The 65-year-old retired local authority worker said: “I only took over the allotment five years ago.
“My mother was a keen gardener and there agricultural links in the family as well, I have always been interested in gardening.
“After watching the television programmes and with retirement coming up I put my name down for an allotment.
“I had to wait a couple of years and when I took it over the ground was so hard I had me work cut out making it productive again.”
But he soon began working his magic much to the appreciation of his family and friends.
He said: “I grown kidney beans, potatoes, beet root, carrots, onions leeks, I’ve even got pumpkins on the go ready for Halloween.
“What we don’t use I give to family and friends, they are always grateful and the feed back is they taste delicious.”
And it is a true labour of love as he says: “It’s just a joy to be out in the outdoors. A good allotment is something to be appreciated.
I was gob-smacked when I won the gold award.”
Fellow Frederick Place Allotment Society member, Pam Probert, who picked up a bronze medal this year to add to a previous gold, added: “A neatly tended plot with rows of vegetables is a joy to behold.”