Oh my gourd, I can't believe it - school's giant pumpkin wins

PUBLISHED: 10:50 08 November 2007 | UPDATED: 13:01 04 May 2010

(Above) Caretaker Owen Hook with his winning pumpkin weighing in at just over five stone and (l to r) Jake, Jane and Isobelle.

(Above) Caretaker Owen Hook with his winning pumpkin weighing in at just over five stone and (l to r) Jake, Jane and Isobelle.

A HADDENHAM school was crowned the best pumpkin grower in Cambridgeshire this week. Robert Arkenstall Primary won a £150 prize to go towards an environmental project. Pupils plan to use their five-stone (33 kilo) pumpkin to make soup and to compost the r

Lisa Marshall with Alex, Joe, John, Zoe and Chloe. Photos: HELEN DRAKE

A HADDENHAM school was crowned the best pumpkin grower in Cambridgeshire this week.

Robert Arkenstall Primary won a £150 prize to go towards an environmental project. Pupils plan to use their five-stone (33 kilo) pumpkin to make soup and to compost the remaining waste.

The pumpkin competition was launched back in May by Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Waste Partnership to celebrate National Composting Week.

Liz Hawkins, waste campaign officer for Cambridgeshire County Council, said: "This is a really fun way of encouraging children to grow their own food and turn organic rubbish into compost."

The school has also been successful in the playground after pupil Lisa Marshall won a Tesco competition, securing £1,000 to spend on three new playground benches earlier this year.

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