Cockman House Vegie Growers reap awards at Wanneroo Show

Bill Davis, David Whitehouse, Neil Anderson, Vickie Anderson, Margaret Jones, Janet Egan. (Not pictured: Joy Greenhalgh).
Bill Davis, David Whitehouse, Neil Anderson, Vickie Anderson, Margaret Jones, Janet Egan. (Not pictured: Joy Greenhalgh).

THE Cockman House Vegie Growers collected a quartet of accolades at the Wanneroo Show last month, building on the success of their inaugural entry last year.

The group of seven volunteers tend to the vegetable gardens at Wanneroo’s oldest standing residence, upholding the Cockman family’s market gardener heritage.

They secured four first-place trophies and two second-place prizes at the agricultural show held at Wanneroo Showground in November.

“We’re very happy with the result,” volunteer gardener Vickie Anderson said.

“Four wins and two second places are a big achievement considering it was only the second time we’ve entered.”

Mrs Anderson said the group met two or three times a week, tending to the garden and giving back to the community.

“We donate all of the produce we harvest to a local lifestyle village and members of the community,” she said.

“Looking after the garden takes a lot of work, but it’s a great pastime and we’ve all made lasting friendships through the group.”

The group won first prizes for a tray of salad vegetables, carrots, lettuce and rhubarb entries, and second prizes for a tray of vegetables and leeks.

Situated in Yellagonga Regional Park in Woodvale, Cockman House is open to the public from 2pm to 5pm every Sunday.

It will be closed over the festive period from December 17 to January 5.