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Three hundred kilogram pumpkin to feature at Soham pumpkin fair

An array of pumpkins. Credit: PA

Pumpkins weighing hundreds of kilograms will be on display this afternoon at Soham's 41st pumpkin fair.

Organisers have boasted of multiple 150 kilogram specimens with one potentially weighing up to 300.

Also on display will be marrows, tomatoes and sunflowers.

Money raised will go towards a variety of local charities.

Locals angered by work to restore parkland to former glory

A project to restore a stretch of parkland in Bedfordshire to its former glory has angered those living nearby. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A project to restore a stretch of parkland in Bedfordshire to its former glory has angered those living nearby.

Vast swathes of trees are being ripped out at Ampthill Park to recreate the vision of the famous gardener Capability Brown who designed it 250 years ago.

But the work has shocked some local dog walkers who are concerned for the wildlife there. They say the heritage lottery money being used to fund the plan would have been better spent elsewhere.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Sarah Beecroft


Flood defence work on 'Nene Washes' is ahead of schedule

The latest phase of work to improve the flood banks at Whittlesey Washes near Peterborough is almost complete, meaning a well used cycle path can re-open three months earlier than planned.

The Green Wheel Cycle path ( route 21) between Stanground and Whittlesey was expected to remain diverted until November while a wall was built as part of the flood defence work, but now it can re-open ahead of schedule.

"The Whittlesey Washes project will improve the condition of the South Barrier Bank so it can continue to protect hundreds of homes, roads, and railways in and around Peterborough, as well as 8,000 hectares of farmland to the southeast of the city.”

– Guy Szomi, Enviroment Agency catchment engineer

The scheme is costing £26 million and when it is all completed, a 16km stretch of the South Bank will have been strengthened.

The Whittlesey Washes, also known as the Nene Washes, stores water from the River Nene when it is 'tide-locked' which happens after heavy rainfall and high tides occur at the same time.

The last part of the scheme will see bank work being carried out between Poplar House Farm and Bassenhally.

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