Goostrey Gooseberry show winner Terry Price was presented with a prized Frank Carter Memorial plate by the author Alan Garner at his home in Blackden, Goostrey.
The plate, decorated with gooseberries, was Terry’s reward for his prize-winning Just Betty berry of 24 pennyweights and 22 grains in Goostrey Gooseberry Society’s show in July this year.
Terry, competing for more than 40 years, will be able to put the plate alongside an identical one at his home in Twemlow Green, the first to be awarded by the trust following his success as the top grower in a previous show.
The plate is funded by the Blackden Trust based at Alan and his wife Griselda’s home, the Medicine House and Toad Hall, and is named the Frank Carter Memorial Plate in recognition of the late grower’s prowess as a competitor and grower over many years in raising new varieties of gooseberries, including Terry’s Just Betty entry.
Many of the named varieties shown in gooseberry shows at Goostrey and in the surrounding area are from stock originally cultivated by Frank, who lived at Blackden Firs, only a short distance across the fields from where the presentation took place today.
The winner of the plate must have won the show with a berry originally cultivated by the champion grower. Terry, who is the show’s president, gained the premier spot with the smallest premier berry he has grown after one of the worst seasons on record. “I didn’t really didn’t think it had a chance of winning the show,” he says. Griselda, who is also a grower and showing member at Goostrey, cares for an archive of gooseberry cultivars in her garden at the Blackden Trust. More stories from Blogs from the Bongs