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Forest School holds pumpkin growing competition for charity

PUBLISHED: 12:00 27 October 2015

Members of staff: Florence Grace, Rob Coles, Deborah Carbonaro, Diana Tardioli, Lyn Baber and Sharon Woolston pose with the winning pumpkins and certificates.

Members of staff: Florence Grace, Rob Coles, Deborah Carbonaro, Diana Tardioli, Lyn Baber and Sharon Woolston pose with the winning pumpkins and certificates.

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Staff at the Snaresbrook school held a ‘battle of the Forest pumpkins’ to raise money for Breast Cancer Care.

Earlier in the year, teachers were invited to buy pumpkins to grow, which would be judged in a competition.

On Friday, just over a week before Halloween, the entered root vegetables went before the panel during a charity coffee morning at Forest School, in College Place, Snaresbrook.

The pumpkins were judged on weight, girth, oddest shape, best dressed, and the one which most looks like a staff member.

Judges Sharon Woolston and Lyn Baber gave the largest by weight to development officer Deborah Carbonaro and largest by girth to teacher Flo Grace.

Ms Woolston said: “There has been a real buzz around the first ever battle of the Forest pumpkins.

“Staff from the teaching and non-teaching body have been growing their pumpkins over summer and today’s (Friday) finale has been a great event for all Forest staff.

“It was very hard to judge the pumpkins and I would like to thank everyone for taking part.

“We are looking forward to the next battle of the pumpkins in 2016.”

Earlier this year a 509kg pumpkin broke the British size record for the vegetable.

It weighed the equivalent of five baby elephants.


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