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Giant vegetable competition

Colossal cabbages, monumental marrows and tremendous tomatoes – we are looking forward to another gargantuan battle for top titles in the 2017 NEHS giant vegetable competition.

If you have never won a *prize with giant vegetables before, we have BIG news. The North of England Horticultural Society has launched three new classes for novice growers to encourage the next generation of champions.

The classes, for the heaviest tomtato, heaviest marrow and longest runner bean, are open to anyone who has not won a prize at a regional or national event. So if you have 'great expectations' for the future, we'd like to hear from you! A schedule is available to download below.

And, if you would like to hear more about the secrets of success with giant veg, don't miss the special talks by British record holder Kevin Fortey, who will be telling all on the Kitchen Garden Live stage on Friday and Saturday. Read more

World record weigh-in

There are 13 expert classes for the heaviest and the longest, including pumpkin, marrow, parsnip, leek, cabbage, potato, beetroot, carrot, rhubarb, runner bean and cucumber.

The famous National Heavy Onion Championship, sponsored by Kitchen Garden, will include a world record weigh-in to find out if the current title holder can be toppled. Since the championships started in 1983, some 12 new world records have been set. The current champion is Tony Glover, from Birmingham, who set a new record in 2014 with a whopper weighing in at 18lb 11oz (8.47 kilos).

Don’t miss the world record weigh-in for giant onions at 12 noon on Friday 15 September.

The giant vegetable competition can be found in The Gardening Hall.





*The new novice giant veg classes are open to anyone who has not won a prize for any giant vegetable at a regional or national show or event.