Undley Pooleys’ prime patch for picking perfect pumpkins

Picture - Richard Marsham'Undley Pumpkin Patch - (L-R)Toby Head, 4, Sam Head, 6 and Murphy Wells, 4 ANL-151017-195344009

Picture - Richard Marsham'Undley Pumpkin Patch - (L-R)Toby Head, 4, Sam Head, 6 and Murphy Wells, 4 ANL-151017-195344009

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Over the past 12 years, Sally and Anthony Pooley have made choosing a pumpkin for your Halloween Jack o’ Lantern a fun family trip.

Their annual Undley Pumpkin Patch has become much more than a patch of pumpkins and this year they even have a specially made pumpkin-shaped bouncy ‘castle’, as well as a six-acre maize maze.

Picture - Richard Marsham'Undley Pumpkin Patch - A young boy choses his pumpkin ANL-151017-195355009

Picture - Richard Marsham'Undley Pumpkin Patch - A young boy choses his pumpkin ANL-151017-195355009

That is on tope of the donkey rides, craft stalls, face painting and the roadside giant straw bale sculpture of a man with a barrow full of pumpkins.

Most of their land at Peterhouse Farm in Undley Road, Beck Row, is now leased out to turf growers, but each May a special few acres are sown with pumpkin seeds.

Sally said: “My husband then has months of worrying whether it will be wet enough and warm enough for them.”

But this year seems to have been a good year for the vegetable that is more likely to become a decoration than a delicious meal, so you can choose anything from a handy window ledge-sized squash to something big enough for the front lawn.

Picture - Richard Marsham'Undley Pumpkin Patch - Erin Whelan, 3 picks a pumpkin ANL-151017-195441009

Picture - Richard Marsham'Undley Pumpkin Patch - Erin Whelan, 3 picks a pumpkin ANL-151017-195441009

The Pumpkin Patch, which has only been open at weekends, will now be open every day from Saturday until Halloween from 10am to 5pm.

n Are you personally proud of your pumpkin production? Why not send us a picture of yourself with your lantern to news@buryfreepress.co.uk.

Picture - Richard Marsham'Undley Pumpkin Patch ANL-151017-195452009

Picture - Richard Marsham'Undley Pumpkin Patch ANL-151017-195452009

The  bouncy pumpkin was new this year at Undley Pumpkin Patch ANL-151017-195333009

The bouncy pumpkin was new this year at Undley Pumpkin Patch ANL-151017-195333009