Gardeners in Aberglasney giant vegetable competition


They sound like something from the land of the giants.

But a carrot measuring more than 3m and a runner bean 72cm long were among giant vegetables which went head to head at a show in Carmarthenshire.

Aberglasney Gardens' giant vegetable competition was held on Sunday with 10 categories covering the heaviest, longest and even ugliest vegetables.

Eight-year-old Jamie Courtney-Fortey entered a sunflower with a 49cm diameter head.

His father Kevin Fortey, from Cwmbran, scooped four titles; heaviest marrow, longest carrot, heaviest beetroot and longest runner bean.

President of the National Vegetable Society Medwyn Williams, an 11-time Chelsea Flower Show gold medal winner, was in charge of weighing the entries.

Mr Fortey's marrow weighed 69.85kg (153.9lbs) his carrot was 318cm (125in) long, his beetroot was 16.26kg (35.86lbs) and his runner bean measured 72.39cm (28.5in).

image copyrightKevin Fortey
image captionKevin Fortey and his son Jamie Courtney-Fortey
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image captionMedwyn Williams gets to grip with huge cabbages
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image captionWill Griffiths with a giant marrow
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image captionVisitors William, Molly and Elizabeth Edwards from Llandeilo
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image captionNewport gardener Ian Neale

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