‘Britain’s dullest man’ is back.. with his favourite allotments: Pensioner famous for his calendars celebrating roundabouts, car parks and Jack Grealish’s calves, releases latest creation honouring best green spaces in his hometown of Redditch
- Kevin Beresford, 71, spent months travelling around Redditch, Worcestershire
Plenty of calendars show off green and verdant landscapes. But amateur photographer Kevin Beresford has dug deep to produce something slightly different for 2024 – a calendar celebrating his favourite allotments.
The pensioner, who famously once produced a calendar all about the roundabouts in his home town, has now turned his attention to the local vegetable patches in his crusade as an ‘ambassador of the mundane’.
Mr Beresford spent months travelling around Redditch, Worcestershire, to find the best green spaces on offer for gardening fans.
The 71-year-old, who admits he is ‘Britain’s dullest man’, compiled his 12 favourites into a contender for the most boring calendar of 2024 – devoted entirely to public allotments.
Mr Beresford has also previously produced calendars featuring car parks, village notice boards and one dedicated to footballer Jack Grealish’s calves. He said: ‘I used to think people who do allotments were weird and dull people, but when you get talking to them it’s pretty good.
Kevin Beresford, 71, has produced a calendar for 2024 celebrating his favourite allotments having spent months travelling around Redditch, Worcestershire
He admits he is ‘Britain’s dullest man’, and compiled his 12 favourites into a contender for the most boring calendar of 2024 – devoted entirely to public allotments
‘They’re eco-warriors, they’re resourceful people. Whatever is going round, that’s been discarded, they’ll use.
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‘They don’t just grow plants, they’re into bee hives. They’re digging for victory.’
He said allotments were ‘very relaxing places’ worthy of commemoration in a calendar and said his favourite one was in the town’s Astwood Bank district, which boasts stunning views of the picturesque Malvern Hills.
‘I always put my favourite in the December page and that one made it’, Mr Beresford added.
He has also produced a 2024 calendar featuring recycling centres – after touring tips all over the country.
Mr Beresford added: ‘These calendars don’t sell for the thousands, but it covers the cost for the printing. It gets me out. I do all the design, I make them.
‘It’s fun coming up with different content. I like to capture slice of English life and put that into a format.
‘Artists have always focused on the mundane. Van Gough would paint his pipe on the chair. I am the dullest man in Britain.’
Mr Beresford used to think people who have allotments ‘were weird and dull people, but when you get talking to them it’s pretty good’
He said allotments were ‘very relaxing places’ worthy of commemoration in a calendar. He said he finds it fun to come up with different content every year
Mr Beresford’s calendars don’t ‘sell for thousands’ but he said he likes ‘to capture slice of English life and put that into a format’
January is dedicated to Walkwood Road Allotments which is described as ‘somewhat off teh beaten track making it difficult to find’
Studley Allotments takes the spot for February, even though it is ‘not strictly Redditch’. There are 24 plots which offer full and half plots
March: Mr Beresford mused that the pile of green wheelbarrows suggested there were shared items among the garden community at Webheath Allotments
Sandpits Allotments was described as ‘amazing’ as it was selected for April. Not only is it a ‘great growing area’, but Mr Beresford felt it was a ‘real chill-out zone’
‘Well care for site’ Dolphin Allotments (left) and the the Beoley Road Allotments (right), which was ‘tucked away and tricky to find’
‘Security is tight at the Sillins Avenue Allotments (left) but the tomatoes are ‘Class A’. While Church Hill Allotments made it into the calendar despite the fact they are ‘broken into at least twice a week’
Winyates Green Allotments (left) was described as ‘very attractive’ and ‘tidy and orderly’. While Matchborough Allotments (right) is how ‘a proper allotment should look’
The Lodge Park Allotments was selected for November. Mr Beresford said it was somewhat of a ‘ramsackle allotment with surprisingly strict security’
Mr Beresford always dedicates December to his favourite, and its Astwood Bank Allotment which is bestowed such an hour. He described it as ‘peaceful’ with the approach to the plots being ‘the finest in Redditch’
The pensioner is part of the Dull Men’s Club – an international group which celebrates the ordinary – and says he takes inspiration from the dull aspects of life and turns them into art
He said another of his favourite allotments in and around Redditch was the Dolphin Road plot – which took the May spot – where people had turned old bathtubs and toilets into planters
The Astwood Bank Allotments in Feckenham Road was crowned as Mr Beresford’s favourite. He was a great admirer of its ‘sprawling setting’ and said allotments ‘don’t come much better than this’
The pensioner is part of the Dull Men’s Club – an international group which celebrates the ordinary – and says he takes inspiration from the unassuming and dull aspects of life and turns them into art.
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He said another of his favourite allotments in and around Redditch was the Dolphin Road plot – which took the May spot – where people had turned old bathtubs and toilets into planters.
Other highlights include Walkwood Road allotments for its oasis-like atmosphere and Sandpits allotments on Bendy Close.
Mr Beresford said he hopes to fight the negative image of Redditch after it was voted the worst place to live in the UK in one poll.
A New Town famous for its countless roundabouts, Redditch celebrates its 60th birthday next year.
Mr Beresford hit the headlines back in November when he released a sequel to his ‘Calves of Jack Grealish’.
He dedicated 12 months to the defined leg muscles of the England football star as a unique stocking filler for Christmas.
Mr Beresford promised the best selection of pictures so far as the Man City player’s legs have become ‘bigger, better and more beautiful’ in the last 12 months.
The £12.50 calendar included a series of ‘luscious’ close-ups of the midfielder’s calves, with his upper body cropped out.
Mr Beresford hit the headlines back in November when he released a sequel to his ‘Calves of Jack Grealish’
September’s calves: He dedicated 12 months entirely to the impressive defined leg muscles of the England star as a unique stocking filler at Christmas
Last year’s version: Despite its popularity, he received some backlash on last year’s edition of the peculiar calendar with some critics saying it’s ‘disgusting’ to have an entire calendar full of calves
Previously he travelled all over the UK photographing thousands of roundabouts and his best snaps were whittled down for the new 2022 calendar
Mr Beresford said men had been flocking to buy the latest calendar for their wives and girlfriends and expects even more interest this month as his calves are ‘displayed on the world stage’.
Mr Beresford commented: ‘It was my best-selling calendar last year and that’s what pushed me to do a sequel.
‘The pictures are better this year, his calves have got better and bigger and they look more beautiful.
‘I’ve said before Grealish has the calves of a Greek god and now they even look less hairy. Whether he shaves them I don’t know but I think they’re luscious this year.
Mr Beresford’s £12.50 A3 calendars is available from dullkev.com.
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