For the first time in almost 80 years the Falconwood & District Horticultural Society could not award its coveted 1940 Raynor Trophy for best potatoes. A failed crop locally meant that not one potato was entered for this year's show.

The extreme heat has caused a bumper crop of tomatoes and blackberries for many growers and roses did particularly well, but competitors struggled in most other areas.

Entries in the baking section and the hanging baskets were up to the usual high standard and flower arrangers excelled, with more exhibits than last year.

Although the number entries for the 81st Falconwood Annual Fruit, Vegetable and Flower Show on Saturday, at Falconwood Community Centre was disappointing, there was a strong turnout for the public viewing and cream teas.

The Mayor and Mayoress of Bexley (Councillors Brian and Christine Bishop) presented the prizes, cups and trophies at the close of the show and congratulated the organisers on their efforts in running this traditional village show where residents of Welling and the surrounding districts can show of their gardening, baking and home craft skills.

Society chairman Nigel Betts said: “This has been a really tough year for most gardeners with high temperatures causing many flowers and vegetables to need constant watering.

"Results were generally disappointing, but many growers who made the effort to show what ever they could this year came up with some surprising good quality exhibits and were rewarded with the recognition of a cup or trophy.

"We are always looking to recruit new members so if you are interested in joining the Falconwood Horticultural Society, email for details.”