Green giants that took a wheel­bar­row to shift

Daily Express - - NEWS - By Paul Jeeves

PROUD gar­den­ers show off their su­per­size veg yes­ter­day, with some ex­hibits so heavy they had to be trans­ported by wheel­bar­row to a show.

Heavy­weight con­tenders for the big­gest spec­i­men prizes in­cluded gi­gan­tic cab­bages and mar­rows.

They were on show at the Har­ro­gate Au­tumn Flower Show and were the high­light of the start of the three-day fes­ti­val at the Great York­shire Show­ground yes­ter­day. Or­gan­is­ers are ex­pect­ing 40,000 vis­i­tors over the week­end.

The heav­i­est mar­row be­longed to se­rial win­ner Peter Glaze­brook, who beat the com­pe­ti­tion with a whop­ping 147lb en­try. Peter, from Ne­wark, Notts, also man­aged to bag the heav­i­est onion prize with a 14lb mon­ster.

Joe Ather­ton, from Mans­field, showed his ver­sa­til­ity by bag­ging top spot in three classes with a 6lb potato, 9lb car­rot and 37lb beet­root.

Ian Neale grew a mam­moth 56lb cab­bage in his gar­den in New­port, while Richard Mann from Leeds pro­duced a 685lb pump­kin.

Mar­ket­ing of­fi­cer Camilla Har­ri­son said: “What the au­tumn show of­fers is a cel­e­bra­tion of the har­vest and all the won­der­ful pro­duce that ev­ery­one has worked so hard for over the year.”

Other big high­lights of the show this year in­clude the plant nurs­ery pavil­ion, au­tumn gar­den bor­ders and the feast food the­atre.

Pic­tures: AN­DREW MCCAREN / LNP, GETTY

What a mon­ster... Ian Neale wheels out his win­ning cab­bage

Prodi­gious pro­duce... Peter Glaze­brook, above, shows off his prize mar­row. Left, Richard Mann gets to grips with his cham­pion pump­kin

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