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Pumpking Tom's giant vegetable wins top prize at more than 600lb

PUBLISHED: 16:00 25 October 2018

Tom Warren's giant pumpkin saw him win the top prize at the RHS Hyde Hall competition. Picture: Fay Chapman

Tom Warren's giant pumpkin saw him win the top prize at the RHS Hyde Hall competition. Picture: Fay Chapman

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A volunteer at a Romford garden saw his massive pumpkin secure the top prize at a competition.

Tom Warren's pumpkin weighed a shocking 621.7lb. Picture: Fay ChapmanTom Warren's pumpkin weighed a shocking 621.7lb. Picture: Fay Chapman

Bedfords Park Walled Garden won first place at the RHS Hyde Hall competition on Saturday, October 20 with their massive pumpkin grown by Tom Warren from Harold Wood.

Tom, 40, told the Recorder that good weather and lots of water played a part in helping the pumpkin grow to 621.7lb.

“We had two seeds donated to us and they just grew so rapidly that I soon had to put them in the ground,” he said.

“I dug two trenches and filled each of them with really rotten horse manure and they absolutely took over our patch.

“It was phenomenal - the fastest growing plant I have ever seen in my life.”

Tom added that he would like to thank Havering Council for providing the Romford garden with a standpipe that meant his pumpkin could remain well watered throughout the hot summer.

The pumpkin will be carved up at Bedfords Park Walled Garden’s Halloween festival, and Tom said it will be “bittersweet” to see it go.

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