Local residents turned out in force at the weekend for the first ever Braehead Pumpkin Festival. Organised by the local Community Development Trust, there were over 100 pumpkins on display as night fell over Braehead Community Garden.
Pumpkin Carving & Cooking
The day started much earlier, with people invited to attend a pumpkin carving workshop in the morning. Held in the garden’s huge covered polytunnel event space, families came together to create their decorative Halloween lanterns.
With the Community Garden’s ethos firmly fixed in helping people lead healthy lives with a great relationship with locally produced fresh food, none of the discarded pieces of pumpkin were binned. A cooking workshop was held with the help of local environmental charity Forth Environment Link, with participants making cakes, soups and toasted pumpkin seeds.
Then, with the skies darkening, the gates of the garden were thrown open and residents were invited in to see the carved pumpkins, all illuminated with colour changing candles. Prizes were awarded to the funniest, scariest and movie-reference pumpkins, along with awards for pumpkins carved by (supervised!) children under 10 years old and under 15 years old. Laid out as a walk around the garden and through the Polytunnels, at the end everyone was offered teas and coffees and kids were invited to “dook for apples”
Organiser, and Community Garden Chairman, Chris Kane said,
“What a fabulous way to bring the community together to celebrate the end of the growing season. I was impressed by the pumpkin carving skills and it was great to see families working together on scary creations. Then there is something deeply satisfying about going on to toast the seeds rather than chuck them into the recycling box. Our lantern show was simply stunning, with lots of scary faces and designs twinkling away under ever changing lights.”
“Volunteering in your community can be fun and it doesn’t have to take up too much time; everybody who carved a pumpkin added to the magic of the night, meaning we had over 100 people help make our first pumpkin show a huge success.”
In total, over 200 people attended the events and Chris and his team are already planning for next year’s event. Chris added,
“Events like this fairly fire up the imagination. All night people have been suggesting different elements for next year – from a garden ghost walk to scary tales in our kids’ outdoor story circle. Next year’s event is going to be even bigger and better!”
Become a Member of Braehead Community Garden
Braehead Community Garden is a Big Lottery funded facility on Broom Road. Along with community activities, members can also hire raised beds to grow their own fruit and vegetables both outdoors and in the three 66ft polytunnels on site. There are still some beds available to hire now; contact for more information.