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Allotment of the year award winner Les Hawkins
Allotment of the year award winner Les Hawkins
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THE BOROUGH’s king of the allotment has been crowned for the fourth year in a row.

Green fingered Les Hawkins was awarded the James Prescott Trophy for the best kept allotment making him the borough’s top grower for four years straight.

The 70-year-old took up the hobby eight years ago after beating bowel cancer.

Les, who lives near his allotment on Hope Carr Lane, Leigh said: “To be named as the best in the borough for four years straight is an amazing feeling.

“I just love it on the allotment – it’s great to be out in the fresh air and growing veg for my family.”

Judges from Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust, who manage the borough’s allotments, picked out Les’s patch ahead of the other 316 plots in recognition of its general layout, condition and the variety of produce grown.

Presenting the trophy, Coun Brian Baldwin former Cabinet member for leisure who retains a keen interest in growing vegetables, said: “Les is an inspiration. He continues to produce top quality veg and his plot is always immaculate. Growing your own veg has obvious financial benefits but when you start to talk to people on their plots you realize it’s much more than that.

“Allotments are sociable, friendly places but they’re also good for your health and well-being. It’s tough, physical exercise that keeps you in shape.”