This event is now over.

PLEASE DO NOT BRING US ANY MORE PUMPKINS!

This page will return properly later with a debrief and report, and then go into hibernation until next year (with improvements following understanding of and feedback from this year's event).
Thank you everyone who has supported it. We are overjoyed by the response.

Click here to see the original page that was at this link.

Post Halloween

Pumpkin After Party 2021

Reuse! Recycle!

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We must have received over 300 pumpkins in various forms, and are now currently at capacity for feeding the animals at The Square (and other locations). While many of the more rotten ones have been added to our compost pile, even this is getting full at the moment, so we will need time to properly process it all.
THANK YOU HOWEVER FOR ANY DONATIONS RECEIVED OR INTENDED.

If you still have pumpkin left over, please either follow this advice from VoG and cut it up and add it to your food waste caddy (as apparently around 4 pumpkin skins can help generate enough power for a 10min shower), OR place out in your own back garden or in your compost heap if you have one. In gardens, make sure it is elevated to keep away from hedgehogs.

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Please complete this Post Event Feedback Form if you either took part, or followed the event as it progressed. We'd like to know what you thought of it, and what Ideas you may have that could help make this event even better for next year.
All feedback is anonymous and no email addresses or other personal details will be collected.
This form will be available until the 24th November 21

You can also follow the link if you wish to complete it outside this page https://forms.gle/wze4atS4L6hoyRyM8

 
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Thank You For All Donations.
Have a Great
Autumn & Winter

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 Pumpkin Facts 

Did you know...

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…that before pumpkins were imported to the UK and Ireland, turnips were used instead for carving Jack-o-Lanterns.

…that pumpkins (and other members of the squash family) LOVE growing in old, rich compost? This means that if you do end up chucking some seeds into your compost heap, they might start to grow there (and for best results, left to grow from there).

Check out this handy guide to growing pumpkins yourself from the RHS

https://www.rhs.org.uk/vegetables/pumpkins/grow-your-own*

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…the flowers & leaves are also edible.

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…that Pumpkins have medicinal purposes in many cultures, including Native American, Asian and European.

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…that Roasted Pumpkin Seeds can make a tasty ‘popcorn-like’ snack?

With thanks to Laura Rodwell & Ella Robertson for their work on this. All other photos & artwork on this page (c) 2021 Dan PT Brown for the FoVS Picture Library.