Monster Pumpkins 2018 Results

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Monster Pumpkins 2018 competition results

In 2018 we gave away 100 lucky schools Monster Pumpkin seeds harvested from RHS fruit and vegetable expert, Matthew Oliver's award-winning, 340kg pumpkin.

Schools across the country battled to keep their pumpkin plants alive through a long hot summer. Not all of the seeds germinated, and many of those that got to the flower stage failed to pollinate.

Against the odds, a number of schools managed to raise Monster Pumpkins and submitted their final estimated pumpkin weights to us at the end of September, in line with our competition deadline.

We are pleased to reveal the final leaderboard below. Congratulations to everyone who received seeds and gave growing them a go - whatever the outcome!


Rank School name Estimated weight
1st Deer Park Primary School, Chesterfield 110kg
2nd Timberley Academy, Birmingham 107kg
3rd Great Malvern Primary School, Worcester 81kg
4th Dorothy Barley Infant School, London 76kg
5th Ysgol Tir Morfa, Rhyl 68kg
6th Sow and Grow, Fulbourn Primary School, Cambridge 60kg
7th Brookfield Community School, Southampton 47kg
8th Durlston Court Prep School, New Milton 28kg (338cm)
9th Waberthwaite CofE Primary School, Cumbria 28kg (334cm)
10th Blandford St Mary Primary School, Blandford Forum 24kg
11th Kimpton Primary School, Andover 22kg
12th Somerset Bridge Primary School, Bridgwater 14kg
13th Bowes Hutchinson's CE VA Primary School, Barnard Castle 11kg
14th The Polygon School, Southampton 10kg (216cm)
15th Cogan Primary School, Penarth 10kg (210cm)
16th St George Primary, Conwy 5kg (187cm)
17th Swinnow Primary School, Leeds 5kg (186cm)


For coming first place, Deer Park Primary School won £100 worth of National Gardening Gift Vouchers and a visit from RHS fruit and vegetable expert, Matthew Oliver.

For coming second, Timberley Academy won £75 of National Gardening Gift Vouchers.

For coming in third, Great Malvern Primary School won £50.

Our smallest entry, Swinnow Primary School won £50 of National Gardening Gift Vouchers.

The 'weirdest-shaped' pumpkin has been deemed to be Kimpton Primary School's entry 'Hulk', which started to rot (gory!) and lost weight in the process! They won £50 of National Gardening Gift Vouchers.

All schools who received Monster Pumpkins seeds will receive a certificate from the Campaign for School Gardening.

Our pumpkin

The Campaign for School Gardening team grew a pumpkin from the same seeds we sent to schools. We estimated that our pumpkin was 115kg - it had to get transported on a forklift truck to be moved around here at RHS Garden Wisley!

The biggest Monster Pumpkin of them all!

Matthew Oliver, who very kindly gave us the seeds for our Monster Pumpkins competition also took part in the challenge in 2018, at RHS Garden Hyde Hall. From the very same seeds we gave away for the competition, he managed to grow a Monster Pumpkin that weighs an incredible 264.4kg!

Looking for advice on growing a Monster Pumpkin?

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

Monster Pumpkins competition

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We've won awards!

Winner of the Drum Marketing Awards 2017
Winner of the ERA 2017 awards
Winner of the Third Sector 2017 awards