Pupils at Bishops Cannings Primary School have grown a huge Pumpkin, coming third in a national competition.

For the past six months the school has been taking part in the Royal Horticultural Society's School Gardening Monster Pumpkin competition.

The pumpkin weighed in at 107 kg and the school received a £50 National Garden Gift Voucher.

Headteacher Catherine Vardy said:"All the children took it in turns to water the seeds and keep a record of their progress. Within a few weeks they had sprouted, and the plants started to fill the classroom windowsill. In June we planted the seeds outside in our raised bed.

During weekends and the summer holidays families and staff came into the school to water and tend to the it. When we came back to school in September, it was like the Day of the Triffids, the pumpkin had completely taken over the playground."

"Last year we applied to the RHS to receive the seeds but were unlucky. However, this year we were selected and in April just two seeds harvested from an award-winning pumpkin arrived in the post"

Pupils in Year 1 were in charge of sowing the seeds and nurturing them in the early weeks under the watchful eye of their Class Teacher Katherine Steggall.

Throughout September Year 6 pupils recorded the pumpkin's circumference and calculated its weight.