The man who last year grew the nation’s heaviest pumpkin outdoors has beaten his own record. Royal Horticultural Society expert Matthew Oliver has grown a pumpkin that tipped the scales at just under 1,500lb (680kg), to claim the coveted title for the second year running. Mr Oliver won in 2016 with a pumpkin that weighed 1,333lb (605kg).The Essex gardener, who works at RHS Hyde Hall, said winning was “fantastic” “given a summer of tricky weather”. He added that it was “frustrating to be just 1.6lb from the 1,500lb mark”.
The seed used to grow the record-breaking pumpkin was supplied by a grower in Oregon, USA.The pumpkin will go on display at Hyde Hall later this week and during school half-term holiday.Last year’s winner was sculpted into a boat. Mr Oliver said this year’s winner might go the same way.
Source: BBC Essex