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World record-breaking pumpkin

The Paton brothers' world-record breaking pumpkin. Picture; Westland Horticulture
The Paton brothers' world-record breaking pumpkin. Picture; Westland Horticulture

Paton brothers grow pumpkin with the biggest circumference

It wouldn’t be nearing Halloween with the Paton brothers making what is now an annual appearance on the site with one massive pumpkin or another.

However, this year, Ian and Stuart have excelled themselves and have taken the world record for the pumpkin with the greatest circumference – a massive 20ft around the widest part!

The 174-stone monster was grown in Westland compost in Lymington near Southampton, at Pinetops Nursery, which traditionally grows pot plants, using the same compost.

Twins Ian and Stuart have a passion for growing supersized pumpkins and have become multiple record breakers with their veg having previously broken UK and European records many times.

How the monster pumpkins grow

The brothers tend to the pumpkins for four hours per day and use 100 gallons of water; at peak times the pumpkins increase in weight by 60lbs per day!

The brothers also received the Grower of the Year title. To achieve this, they had to grow three different pumpkins, and have them weighed in three different locations.

Weigh-ins were held in Holland and France, with the final one taking place this weekend.

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Mandy Watson is a freelance journalist and an incurable plantaholic. MandyCanUDigIt grew from the tiny seed of a Twitter account into the rainforest of information you see before you. Gardening columnist for the Sunderland Echo, Shields Gazette and Hartlepool Mail and editor of the Teesdale Mercury Magazine. Attracted by anything rebellious, exotic and nerdy, even after all these years. Passionate about northern England and gardens everywhere. Falls over a lot.

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