Giant pumpkins help raise cash for charity

Giant pumpkins help raise cash for charity

Lucy Elder

Giant pumpkins help raise cash for charity

Giant pumpkins are helping Hare Hatch Sheeplands raise money for charity.

Grower Hugh Leach and visitor Peggy Henderson, three, check out the pumpkins.


Hugh Leach, 15, from Woodley, first read about growing pumpkins on the internet and decided to give it a go.

Sheeplands customers are invited to guess the weight of the largest pumpkin on display and the closest guess will win a hamper of autumn food goodies.

Money raised will go Twyford Charities Together and Pancreatic Cancer Action.

Seeds from the pumpkin grown by the Reading Blue Coat schoolboy will be given away after the competition so people can try and grow their own.

Hugh said: "The one that is being used in the competition is by far the largest one I have grown yet."

He added he buys specialist seeds, ensures the pumpkin has a regular supply of food and water and grew it on a compost heap to help it reach its gargantuan size.

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