Pumpkin challenge for hospital

Boston's Pilgrim Hospital.  Photo by David Dawson.
Boston's Pilgrim Hospital. Photo by David Dawson.

Allotment holders in Boston will be trying all the growing tricks in the book in a bid to produce giant pumpkins - all for a good cause.

The challenge has been organised for town allotment holders by the growers themselves and will also see them raising money for Pilgrim Hospital’s stroke unit.

Allotment holders from Toot Lane, Willoughby Road, Wyberton West Road, Witham Way, Spilsby Road and Cuckoo Land will be involved in the grow-off using specially-bred giant pumpkin seeds. The challenge has been sponsored by Johnson’s Garden Centre, which has offered £100 in gardening vouchers to the top grower.

After the weigh-in, the winning pumpkin will go on display at the garden centre. Visitors will be invited to pay £1 to guess its weight, with the money going to the hospital.

Pumpkin will also be on the menu for a week at the Lime Restaurant at Boston College, where catering students will prepare and serve it at a special pumpkin awards dinner in October – with all proceeds for the stroke unit.

The world record, which stands at 2,323.7lbs, is not expected to be beaten, but some unnaturally large specimens are likely to be produced.