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FOTC Pumpkin Parade 2016

pumpa-073pumpa-079The Friends of Tooting Common (London Borough of Wandsworth) held their sixth annual Pumpkin Parade on the Common on Sunday 30 October 2016.  As usual there was a good turn out of 100 or more people, and many skillfully  carved pumpkins (Cucurbita maxima) were displayed.  There was also spooky story telling, and a fancy dress competition.  As is usual today, many of the fancy-dresses were shop-bought, but a few were not so and demonstrated considerable imagination, skill and talent.  An innovation this year was a tree-dressing, for which people decorated a bushy willow (Salix sp.) with ornaments made from coloured ribbons.



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