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Pumpking Tom celebrates his 10ft crowning glory in Havering-atte-Bower garden

PUBLISHED: 17:00 20 September 2018 | UPDATED: 09:05 21 September 2018

Tom Warren of the Friends of Bedford Park with his giant pumpkin.

Tom Warren of the Friends of Bedford Park with his giant pumpkin.

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A resident has grown a massive pumpkin at a Havering-atte-Bower garden that is said to be 10ft in circumference.

Tom Warren of the Friends of Bedford Park with his giant pumpkin.Tom Warren of the Friends of Bedford Park with his giant pumpkin.

Tom Warren from the Bedfords Park Walled Garden project in Broxhill Road has grown two giant pumpkins, one which Lois Amos, secretary of Friends of Bedfords Park said, “is about 10ft in circumference.”

She told the Recorder: “It’s absolutely massive.

“Never in our wildest dreams did we think that it would get that big.”

The seeds that Tom used to grow his giant pumpkin came from the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) in Hyde Hall.

Tom Warren of the Friends of Bedford Park with his giant pumpkin.Tom Warren of the Friends of Bedford Park with his giant pumpkin.

“Last year the RHS grew a pumpkin that was so large they were able to hollow it out and row it like a boat,” said Lois.

“The RHS gave away the seeds to different organisations and now people can apply to see how big their pumpkin is in comparison to others.”

Bedfords Park Walled Garden was originally funded by the Clear Village Charitable Trust, however the trust has since lost its funding.

“Our funding for the park ended in April this year. Now it’s entirely run by the volunteers,” said Lois.

Tom Warren of the Friends of Bedford Park with his giant pumpkin.Tom Warren of the Friends of Bedford Park with his giant pumpkin.

“We sell our own produce from the walled garden on Thursdays and Tuesdays and we have managed to raise £380 just from the produce.

“It’s amazing, the ground is repaying us - it just seems to be so fertile this year.”

Gardeners from the park entered their produce into the Collier Row Horticultural Society show on Saturday, September 15.

Lois added: “We had 11 entries and we won nine prizes and this was our first time entering the competition.

“We felt that it would help promote the horticultural society and increase knowledge and interest in growing your own vegetables.

“We also wanted to encourage people growing in the walled garden.”

Gardeners from the walled garden won six first place prizes, three second place prizes and one third place award.

“It’s a huge boost of morale for everybody growing in the garden,” said Lois.

On October 7 the garden is holding an apple pressing day where residents are invited to bring their own apples and have them identified by an apple expert.

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