Squash in

A PONTELAND garden centre branch is looking for green-fingered children to grow giant pumpkins at interactive workshops.

The free Little Seedlings Club sessions at Dobbies Garden World on Sunday will also teach participants fun facts about growing pumpkins and other members of the squash family, as well as how scarecrows protect fields.

The Dobbies Pumpkin Patch competition will be launched on the same day, where youngsters will sow their own pumpkin seed and bring back what they have grown in October.

Centre Manager Grahame Darling said: “We are dedicated to inspiring young minds in our local community to grow their own fruit and vegetables at home. The Pumpkin Patch competition is a great opportunity for the Little Seedlings Club to care for and nurture a seed from sowing to harvesting. I look forward to seeing the results in October.”

Club members learn about plants, wildlife and the environment in a fun and educational way. It is open to children aged four to ten years.

The workshops on Sunday will be held at 10.30am, 11.30am and 12.30pm. For more information, or to book a place, contact Dobbies on 01661 820202.