Langdon the Lion to go pumpkin picking

Education mascot Langdon the Lion will be swapping his hard hat for a flat cap when he takes part in a morning of pumpkin picking.

Boarley Farm near Maidstone is part of the Rochester Bridge Trust’s Kent estate, it is also home to Pumpkin Moon, which for two weeks in October opens its gates to children and adults and invites them to find their perfect pumpkin.

Langdon will be visiting the farm to search for the biggest pumpkin, see if he can identify more than 80 different varieties of pumpkin, squash and gourd, and maybe even take part in a little spooky face painting ahead of Halloween.

He said: “As well as looking after Rochester’s bridges, it’s part of my job to visit the Trust’s estate, catching up with tenants and inspecting the patch. I’m really looking forward to visiting Pumpkin Moon in the middle of picking season so I can see the farm at its best and get to meet some of the children who visit – who knows, maybe some of them will be farmers or bridge builders of the future!”

As well as visiting the farm, Langdon the Lion will be catching up with Farmer Charlie Eckley, who cultivates the pumpkins. Charlie has played an important role supporting the Trust’s Spence Agricultural Scholars, showing them around his land and answering the students’ questions about life on the land.

Langdon the Lion will be visiting Pumpkin Moon on the morning of Monday, 21st October.

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