PICTURES: Slindon pumpkin display 2017

Halnaker Windmill, a cockerel and the hey, diddle, diddle's tale of the cat and the fiddle were all among the design options for this year's Slindon pumpkins display.

Thursday, 12th October 2017, 10:08 am
Updated Thursday, 7th June 2018, 6:29 pm
ks171079-9 Slindon Pumpkin phot kate Robin Upton.ks171079-9 SUS-170910-143119008

In the end 1,500 fruits, all carefully placed by local artist Mark Ford, form a giant – 20ft by 14ft – homage to the timeless boardgame snakes and ladders.

“It was a challenge, especially finding the stripy ones for the ladders,” he said.

“It took just under ten days to complete with about 25 varieties and each fruit has two or three hazel or willow stakes supporting it.”

ks171079-3 Slindon Pumpkin phot kate Abbie Phillips, five, picks her pumpkin.ks171079-3 SUS-170910-143436008

The annual attraction, which started in 1968 under local pumpkin grower Ralph Upton, is said to be proving more and more popular, according to the artist.

This year it is in support of Coastal West Sussex Mind, see

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ks171079-6 Slindon Pumpkin phot kate Ezra Sherlock in the pumpkins..ks171079-6 SUS-170910-143035008
ks171079-8 Slindon Pumpkin phot kate Visitors choosing their pumpkins.ks171079-8 SUS-170910-143107008