Great Yorkshire Veg Off competition launched

Mr and Mrs Bucktrout gardening

A new community fruit and vegetable growing competition has been launched in the district.

The Great Yorkshire Veg Off is a county-wide competition with categories for best village, best street, best school and best community group (including allotments).

Mike and Carole Bucktrout, former teachers from Hensall, have launched the competition which aims to encourage families and communities to grow fruit and vegetables in their gardens and green spaces – turning Yorkshire into a huge fruit and vegetable plot.

Mike explained: “This is a simple way that families and communities can produce fruit and vegetables to eat and cut their food bills. It has the added bonus of being fantastic for the environment.

“If every home in the Selby district planted two new fruit trees, it would mean an extra 84,000 trees, which would be amazing!”

The competition has just launched and is free to enter from now until September 30th, 2020. The winners will be announced at the end of October with each category receiving a commemorative plaque. There are no complicated entry forms – simply send in your photos, stories and information about your plot.

Selby District Council is supporting the competition. Cllr Mark Crane, leader of Selby District Council, said, “This competition is a great way to encourage everyone to grow their own fruit and vegetables. It encourages eating healthily, reduces food costs and improves the environment all at the same time.”

Entries are welcome from community groups, parish councils, residents groups and schools. To register your interest and take part visit