Monster Pumpkins Competition Guidelines

Send us the estimated weight of your pumpkin and end up on our leader board

How to take part in the Monster Pumpkins competition

If you are one of the lucky 100 schools to receive Monster Pumpkin seeds harvested from Matthew Oliver's award-winning, 340kg pumpkin, follow the instructions below to sow your pumpkins and chart their growth. Send us your final estimated weight by Friday 28 September and discover how your Monster Pumpkin compares in size to everyone else's.


Get started

  1. Aim to sow your pumpkin seeds during the week of Monday 23 – Friday 27 April to ensure you’re growing yours at the same time as everybody else.
  2. Read through our resource on estimating the weight of a giant pumpkin. Once your fruit starts to develop (this is likely to be during July) chart your progress using the growth chart included on that page, or use the one on the back of your printed information booklet.
  3. You’ll need to email us with the final estimated weight of your pumpkin (along with photographic evidence of the circumference, side to side and stem to base measurements) by Friday 28 September at the very latest, in order to end up on our final leader board. We’ll remind you nearer the time, as no information received after this date will be assessed as part of the final running.
  4. Winners of the competition will be announced on Tuesday 2 October and the leader board will be made available online.
  5. All schools entering the competition will receive a certificate. The top three heaviest pumpkins will win a prize, as will the weirdest shaped pumpkin (as judged by Matthew Oliver and the Campaign for School Gardening team!), and the smallest pumpkin on our leader board.

Prizes

Prizes will be awarded as follows:

  • 1st place – £100 worth of National Garden Centre gift vouchers and a school visit from Matthew Oliver
  • 2nd place – £75 worth of National Garden Centre gift vouchers
  • 3rd place – £50 worth of National Garden Centre gift vouchers
  • Weirdest shaped pumpkin – £50 worth of National Garden Centre gift vouchers
  • Smallest pumpkin – £50 worth of National Garden Centre gift vouchers

Terms and conditions

  1. To take part in the Campaign for School Gardening Monster Pumpkins competition, you must email us an estimated pumpkin weight, along with photographic evidence of each of the three measurements no later than Friday 28 September. No estimated weights received after this time will be accepted.
  2. All estimated weights must come from pumpkins that are still attached to the main plant. The Campaign for School Gardening Monster Pumpkins competition will be judged using estimated weights only. Measurements from pumpkins that have been removed from the plant will not be accepted.
  3. You may choose to have your pumpkin more accurately weighed after the official Campaign for School Gardening competition closing date, however our leaderboard is final and will not change after the competition closes.
  4. If you have grown two giant pumpkins, you will only be able to enter one into the competition, so pick wisely when choosing which one to enter!
  5. Winners of the Monster Pumpkins competition will be notified by Tuesday 2 October and a full leader board will be made available on the Campaign for School Gardening website on that date.
  6. Prizes cannot be exchanged. The judge’s decision is final.
  7. Winners will be approached to take part in press related activities.

Terms and conditions

Once you've got your final measurement, send the estimated weight of your pumpkin to us at schoolgardening@rhs.org.uk.


Looking for advice on growing a Monster Pumpkin?

Check out our handy resources for tips and advice on how to grow a giant!

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