Introducing Britain’s Best Allotment’s esteemed judges.


Dr. Lesley Acton

Dr Lesley Acton is a well-established expert on all things allotment. With a PhD in Cultural Heritage Studies from University College London she has authored numerous books on conservation and cultural heritage, as well as running the popular website.

Growing Space: A History of the Allotment Movement is Lesley’s latest book due for release in March 2015.


Jane Merrick

When she’s not doing her day job as Political Editor of the Independent on Sunday, Jane Merrick writes her Allotment Blog, Her Outdoors on the Independent Website. She has been gardening in London for more than a decade and has her own allotment where she enjoys growing fruit, flowers and vegetables with her young daughter.


John Harrison

John Harrison is the well-known author of many gardening titles such as “Backgarden Chickens and Other Poultry”, “Easy James, Chutneys and Preserves” and “Vegetable, Fruit and Herb Growing in Small Spaces”. A true allotment expert he runs and is a number one source for any allotment queries.


Lucy Summers Living

After studying at agricultural college, Lucy set up her own flourishing landscape design practice in the early ’90s going on to win gold and silver medals at the Chelsea Flower Show. The author of six gardening books (Greenfingers Guides) and writer for various print media including Ideal Home, The Lady and various trade magazines. Lucy has a knack for predicting floral trends. More recently Lucy has developed an expanding range of really effective garden care products and stylish home décor accessories, available on her site.


Sean James Cameron

Sean James Cameron, founder of The Horticultural Channel, completes our judging panel for 2015. Currently the Gardening Curator of the Daily Mail’s MyMail Garden website he has over 25 years’ experience in gardening and vegetable growing. He actively supports amateur gardeners, the allotment movement and those looking to get into gardening with his helpful advice videos at – Europe’s fastest growing YouTube Gardening channel.

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