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Pick your own pumpkin in Cowbit

A young farmer is welcoming families to the area’s first Pick Your Own Pumpkin Patch.

Entrepreneurial William Tyrrell and his brother Sam opened up their pumpkin patch at the family's Tyrrell's Farm in Backgate, Cowbit on Saturday.

South Holland is one of the biggest growing areas of pumpkins, but this will be the first pick your own site.

William Tyrrell with the pumpkin patch in Cowbit
William Tyrrell with the pumpkin patch in Cowbit

As the popularity of Halloween has grown in recent years, so has the pumpkin business. The UK grows 15 million pumpkins each year which are used for carving to decorate homes.

The family will be holding picking sessions over a number of weekends in October.

Last week, "illiam said: “We are looking forward to opening. It is something we have never had anything like before.

“We have a fleet of 50 multicoloured wheelbarrows for people to choose from to take around the patch and pick their own pumpkins.

“We have seen pumpkin patches in other parts of the country.”

The opening is quite timely as it fitted in with the Spalding Pumpkin festival, which also took place on Saturday.

A bumper crop of pumpkins are on offer at the site.

William, who who has received a rural business grant to help with the enterprise, said: “We have big ones, small ones, white ones, giant ones. We have pumpkins of all shapes and sizes.”

Families will be able to enjoy Halloween themed refreshments at the patch along with having their photograph taken alongside a number of sculptures in the field.

Pumpkin prices start at £1.

The farm will be welcoming visitors on October 9 and 10, October 16 and 17 and then from October 20-30.

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