A Welsh Championship event will draw keen vegetable growers from across the country to Wrexham this weekend – with a little help from the town’s MP.
The National Vegetable Society’s Welsh Branch Championships, held around the country, will this year take place at Wrexham’s Memorial Hall on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 August. The prestigious event consists of more than thirty vegetable growing categories – with competitors from all over Wales – and a series of UK-wide competitions will also take place.
The event is coming to Wrexham thanks to the work of National Vegetable Society members Don and Unni Owens, from Llay.
They contacted Mr Lucas about the possibility of bringing the Championships to Wrexham earlier this year, and following discussions with Wrexham Council, the town’s Memorial Hall was secured as an event venue.
The Championships will run between 11.30am and 5pm on Saturday and 10am and 4pm on Sunday and are free for the public to visit.
Mr Lucas, who will be visiting the Championships on Sunday, said he was delighted to offer his help.
He said: “I’ve met Don and Unni before and am always impressed by what they grow at their allotment in Llay. I grow vegetables myself, though I am certainly not at competition standard yet.
“Bringing a Welsh Championship event like this to Wrexham is good news for the town and means people from across Wales will be coming here this weekend.
“Securing the Championships is quite a coup for Wrexham and I’m very grateful for all those who worked to help bring the event here.”