Bobby Chris digs for victory

Chris Bibby with his trophy

Chris Bibby with his trophy

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THE best of the borough’s allotment maestros have been celebrated.

And Lowton’s Chris Bibby became the first gardener from Fir Tree Allotments to receive the James Prescott Trophy, which is awarded annually to Wigan and Leigh’s top plot.

The 35-year-old bobby said: “I couldn’t believe it when I received the letter to say I had won – I’m really pleased to receive the trophy.”

Michael Fishwick, of leisure and culture provider WLCT which manages allotments, said: “Chris has transformed his plot since he took it on in 2010 and we have seen it steadily progress each season.

“He comes out here every day to tend to it – growing everything from apples and strawberries to leeks and even chillis!

“It’s an impressive plot with great variety and quality of crops, and the effort Chris has put in makes him a deserving winner of the trophy.”

Coun Chris Ready, cabinet member for leisure and culture, said: “Allotments provide a wonderful way for people to grow their own, which brings both health and financial benefits. I’d like to say well done to Chris and the other finalists in this year’s competition, as well as all those allotment holders who put in a lot of time and hard work to look after plots across the borough.”

Second place in this year’s competition was Les Hawkins from Hope Carr, who won this year’s Hope Carr Allotments shield.

“In third place was Eddie Hart from Skew Bridge Allotments in Newtown.

For more details about allotments in Wigan and Leigh, visit www.wlct.org