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The Spitalfields Show and Green Fair 2008

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

THIS YEAR, The Spitalfields Show and Green Fair will be held on Sunday, September 14, between 12 noon and 5pm.

The Spitalfields Show displays produce that has been grown by people from all over London. Divided into 13 sections and 101 classes, it includes special children and pet sections, flower arranging, fruit, vegetables, herbs, pot plants, preserves, cookery and handicrafts.

Anyone with a garden, allotment, backyard, balcony or even a window box, can enter the show. Entries should arrive at 9am, with judging taking place at 11am. The show is then open to the public from 12 noon. Judges are drawn from local and regional experts and this year the celebrity judge will be James Strawbridge, presenter of the TV series It’s Not Easy Being Green.

All prizes will be presented at 4pm, including the Champion’s Cup and Junior Champion’s Cup to the individuals who have gained most points for their entries. All first prize winners receive red rosettes and runners up receive certificates.

And finally, at 4. 15pm, all uncollected entries will be auctioned and the funds raised put towards next year’s show.

The Green Fair will have all kinds of stalls. There will be a healthy living area with nutritional advice and alternative therapies; information on recycling, composting and growing your own food; biodiversity and sustainability workshops; a market selling arts and crafts, plants and home-made cakes, organic food and drinks and Fairtrade goods; information on climate change, emissions reduction, energy conservation and renewable energy for greener homes.

And if all that isn’t enough, there will also be a cycling arena by the Tower Hamlets Wheelers, rickshaw rides and folk music.

The Spitalfields City Farm, celebrating its 30th anniversary, will be open for visiting the animals and touring the garden run by the Bangladeshi women of the Coriander Club.

Lastly but by no means least, the Spitalfields Community Association will be running a Give and Take Stall where you can give or take garden and household items such as books, toys, bikes, tools, kitchenware, bric-a-brac, clothes, plants, furniture and small appliances. It’s all free.

Allen Gardens and Spitalfields City Farm, Buxton Street, E1 (off Brick Lane).

Admission: Free.