At least 150 pumpkins grown by prisoners with the help of a burgeoning community organisation will form part of a unique Halloween charity treasure hunt in Bury St Edmunds.
The Great Big Pumpkin Treasure Hunt, on October 30, challenges participants to find 10 large pumpkins in the town centre with five stalls along the way offering pumpkin bread, soup and memorabilia as well as helpful clues.
There will be prizes for the first four teams and pumpkins for everyone else - all grown at Hollesley Bay prison in a project run by the hunt’s organisers Greener Growth.
The community interest company, based in Hartest, works in schools, prisons and the wider community to help and inspire people to grow their own food.
Funds raised from the event will be split between St Nicholas Hospice Care and Greener Growth’s projects.
Joannah Metcalfe, who founded the organisation, hopes the hunt will provide fun for all the family while boosting Greener Growth’s profile. She said: “One of the key messages is that we can help you redo your garden making it low maintenance, high yielding and nature friendly. You’ve got vast numbers of families who aren’t buying fresh food because they simply feel they can’t afford to eat healthily. It’s our intention to change that.”
Ms Metcalfe said they are looking to establish a Suffolk Community Enterprise Farm on the outskirts of Bury and a community kitchen garden around the town. The event, from 5.30-8.30pm, starts at Oakes Barn and finishes at the Rugby Club. To register visit www.tinyurl.com/khstpcn