Monster Pumpkins Competition Guidelines
Send us the estimated weight of your pumpkin and end up on our leader board
If you are one of the lucky 250 schools to receive Monster Pumpkin seeds, follow the instructions below to take part in competition to see who can grow the heaviest pumpkin. Send us your final estimated weight by Friday 27 September and discover how your Monster Pumpkin compares in size to everyone else's.
Sowing your seeds
Aim to sow your pumpkin seeds during the week of Monday 29 April – Sunday 5 May to ensure you’re growing yours at the same time as everybody else.
Tracking the progress of your pumpkins
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.
Sending in your measurements
You’ll need to email us with the final estimated weight of your pumpkin and photographic evidence of the circumference, side to side and stem to base measurements by Friday 27 September at the very latest, in order to end up on our final leader board. We’ll remind you nearer the time, as we won't be able to accept any information received after this date.
Announcing the winners
Winners of the competition will be announced on Tuesday 1 October and the leader board will be made available online.
Everyone who received Monster Pumpkin seeds from the original 250 will receive a certificate. The top three heaviest pumpkins will win a prize as will the smallest pumpkin on our leader board. The 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
Smallest pumpkin – £50 worth of National Garden Centre gift vouchers
Terms and conditions
To take part in the Campaign for School Gardening Monster Pumpkins competition, you must email your estimated pumpkin weight, along with photographic evidence of each of the three measurements no later than Friday 27 September to firstname.lastname@example.org. No estimated weights received after this time will be accepted.
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.
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.
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!
Winners of the Monster Pumpkins competition will be notified by Tuesday 1 October and a full leader board will be made available on the Campaign for School Gardening website on that date.
Prizes cannot be exchanged. The judge’s decision is final.
Winners may be approached to take part in press related activities.