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UPDATE WITH VIDEO: What a whopper - could pumpkin be UK's heaviest?
COULD this be a record smashing pumpkin?
Wareham dairy farmer Mark Baggs has grown what may be the UK’s heaviest pumpkin.
Mark, 30, has cultivated the 1,550lb (110 stone) whopper in his polytunnel at Worget Manor Farm, near Wareham.
The super-sized squash stands a chance of breaking the current 1,504lb record for the UK’s heaviest pumpkin, currently held by Lymington pumpkin-growing twins Ian and Stuart Paton.
It has been given an estimated weight after being carefully measured and having its vital statistics placed on a chart.
Dad-of-two Mark, who holds the record for the world’s largest marrow, will find out his pumpkin’s fate at a ‘weigh off’ at the Jubilee Sailing Trust Pumpkin Festival at the Royal Victoria Country Park at Netley tomorrow.
And if it’s declared the ‘UK’s heaviest’, he will scoop a £1,000 reward from sponsors Thompson & Morgan.
Mark’s son Jack, four, is dwarfed by the giant, which has roots and leaves stretching the entire width of the farm’s 500sq ft polytunnel. The specially selected pumpkin seed was planted on April 13.
Mark said: “I think it’s done so well because it’s been grown from a good genetic seed.
“It’s been a nice summer after a very cold spring.
“I’m not over-confident but I’m happy with what I’ve got.
“The real test will be seeing how dense it is and whether there’s any holes in the bottom which could ruin my chances.”
Today the giant pumpkin will be cut free from its roots and hoisted on to a trailer with lifting gear before being judged.
THERE is some way to go until Mark smashes the world record for the heaviest pumpkin – it was grown in the US and weighed 2,009lbs.
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