We are very pleased to announce that our hard-working President has been awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM) for services to Horticulture in Yorkshire in the Queen's Birthday Honours List 2018. Phil has many roles in the allotment world from President of the National Allotment Society, Chairman of the Yorkshire Allotment Gardeners Federation, Publicity Officer of the Leeds Allotments Federation and Secretary of Victory Garden Allotments Association, Rawdon.
Phil's ebullient personality has enabled him to promote horticulture and allotment growing in particular, at garden shows and events over many years. Along with the team from Leeds Allotments Federation he has created award winning show gardens at the Harrogate Flower Shows, Great Yorkshire Show and even Chelsea.
In addition to the above he is also the Vice Chairman of Rawdon in Bloom, an organisation improving the local environment where he lives.
Phil acknowledges that there are many others like him promoting and advising on allotment gardening up and down the country and he is immensely proud to be awarded the medal. He is still reeling from the news but never the less he was out planting up planters, in his village of Rawdon, the following morning.