In season: Flying pumpkins in the Scottish Borders

A pumpkin-firing cannon is proving a hit with visitors to a pumpkin patch in the Scottish Borders

St Abbs Pumpkin Patch, which is close to the village of St Abbs, near Eyemouth, has invested in a pumpkin cannon to entertain visitors to its two-and-a-half-acre plot.

The cannon shoots pumpkins into the air every 15 minutes – reaching distances of up to 150 metres as the pumpkins are blasted towards a row of square bales, which have been transformed into targets.

The pumpkin patch, which is now in its second year and looking to diversify, is home to around 22,000 pumpkins.

The venture has been supported by H&H Insurance Brokers, which is one of the UK’s leading agricultural and rural insurance brokers.

“We’d seen a pumpkin cannon that was being used in Lincolnshire and the USA and thought it would be a novelty to have one here,” says Annabel Hamilton, who runs the pumpkin patch with her partner, Tom Blackburn.

“It’s been really popular with visitors, especially because it shoots out the pumpkins so fast and they travel such a long way across the field.”

The pumpkin cannon uses compressed air to propel the pumpkins and is operated by a member of the on-site team.

St Abbs Pumpkin Patch is part of Bee Edge Farm, a farming enterprise run by  Annabel and her dad, William. 

Also on the farm is a caravan and motorhome club site which is run by Annabel’s brother Alisdair, while mum Carol runs The Old Smiddy Coffee Shop, along with glamping pods, just outside of St Abbs. 

Another new addition to the St Abbs Pumpkin Patch is a collection of painted round bales, which were created by artist Fleur Baxter, who is based in Angus.

The bales depict four characters from Avengers: End Game, parts of which were filmed around St Abbs, while another represents a Tunnock’s Caramel Wafer.

The decorated bales are a popular selfie spot for visitors to the attraction, which offers 21 varieties of pumpkin in different sizes, shapes and colours.

Pumpkins start at £1 for a mini pumpkin, with the money from the mini pumpkins being donated to Radio Borders Cash for Kids, and up to £5 for larger varieties.

St Abbs Pumpkin Patch is open until Sunday, October 31 every day from 10am to 5pm. No booking required, admission is free. Postcode: TD14 5QF.

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