Allotment dahlia grower blooms into champion

05 Oct 2017

A dahlia grower from Stevenage has beaten some of the best in the country to scoop a bouquet of awards this month, with flowers nurtured on his Stevenage Borough Council allotment.

Kevin Moores, 37, was given an allotment four years ago and after starting with vegetable growing he decided to try flowers. He learned the basics of dahlia care from expert Dave Gillam’s videos on YouTube and contacted him via Facebook and with Dave’s help and guidance Kevin’s interest bloomed.

This month he harnessed the best from his patch, which is packed with 344 plants, and took them to show. His impressive wins include a cup from the National Dahlia Society show at RHS Wisley and a gold medal at the Harrogate Show last Friday (15 September).

“I’m really delighted. I just love dahlias they are such striking flowers and I love being up at the allotment looking after them, I can’t get enough of it. My dad had an allotment for many years and that’s where my interest started. Now I come up as often as I can and meet friends, it is beautiful.”

There are allotments available to rent from as little as 32p per week, at 16 sites across Stevenage, in a range of plot sizes. All sites have good access, security fencing, and access to water during the growing season. Most also have toilets, a site agent, even a shop.

The sites are administered by Stevenage Garden and Allotment Association. To find out more, please contact them via Linda Clark on 01438 354831 or email: A list of sites and current vacancies is available online here: