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Peterborough gardener grows 'siamese cucumber'

The 'siamese cucumber' is very rare Credit: ITV

A Peterborough gardener has discovered a rare Siamese cucumber growing in his greenhouse. Jim Hogg says he's never seen anything like it in his forty years of gardening.

The 72 year old planted standard cucumber seeds and six weeks later made the discovery.

He's already eaten half of it in a salad and plans to finish the rest off soon.

Jim Hogg in his Peterborough greenhouse Credit: ITV News Anglia

"We'd got a good size cucumber and it looked a bit odd because it was oval, they're about as common as siamese twins in human beings which is one birth in 200,000."

– Jim Hogg, Cucumber grower

Rural residents fight plans for 74,000 panel solar farm

Making energy from the sun is seen as a clean, green way to generate power, but that doesn't stop how and where it's done from being controversial.

Latest figures show there are around 30 large-scale solar farms in the Midlands providing energy to tens of thousands of homes.

Some solar panels are attached to factory roofs, but increasingly farmers are turning over their land to energy developers. Tomorrow a decision is due for one such site near Stratford-upon-Avon, but it's facing fierce opposition.

Residents are fighting plans to put up 74,000 panels on nearly 100 acres of land near Long Marston Airfield in Warwickshire. Chris Halpin reports.

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