A PROCESSION of pumpkins left Weaverham Forest Primary School as green-fingered youngsters headed home for the summer.
Every pupil took their plant to nurture over the six-week break as part of the Forest Street school’s ongoing pumpkin project, which began in May.
In October the school will hold its first Pumpkin Week, when the fruits of the children’s labours will be weighed, decorated and cooked.
Strong winds and heavy rain last month damaged many of the young plants, but Weaver Vale Garden Centre in Winnington saved the day by donating replacement seeds.
The pupil growing the heaviest pumpkin will be awarded a place on the garden centre’s ‘Shield of Excellence’ and £20 worth of vouchers.
Headteacher Sue How said: “It’s great to see the children so motivated, and I’m sure the prizes will help keep them focused!”