A great year for growing pumpkins

Growing Places pumpkins, Ipswich

Growing Places pumpkins, Ipswich - Credit: Archant

Bumper crop for Realise Future growers

Realise Futures pumpkins at Nowton Park

Realise Futures pumpkins at Nowton Park - Credit: Archant

Staff at Suffolk social enterprise Realise Futures have been pulling out all the stops to produce a bumper crop of pumpkins in time for this year’s Halloween.

Enterprise team members at Growing Places in Claydon, Ipswich, and Nowton Park Nursery in Bury St Edmunds, have harvested scores of pumpkins this year. The enterprises give employment opportunities to people with disabilities and disadvantages.

Richard Stephenson, enterprise manager at Nowton Park Nursery said: “Everyone has been working hard at the nursery to get the pumpkins ready and we have loads of them on display, all different sizes and shapes. The biggest one we have weighs in at 30kg and will make a great lantern for Halloween.”

Pumpkins go on sale at Nowton Café, also run by Realise Futures staff, and will be available for a pumpkin carving workshop being run during the half term week on the afternoon on Wednesday, October 28, 11am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm.


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The workshop is being run by West Suffolk Parks. For more details visit https://www.whatsonwestsuffolk.co.uk/whats-on/event/2449/pumpkin-carving-at-nowton-park

All the profits generated by Realise Futures’ social enterprise businesses – based in Ipswich, Bury St Edmunds, Woodbridge and Felixstowe – and its employment and careers services divisions get ploughed back into the business to create more jobs and learning opportunities.

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