Longest runner bean competition


report by Colin Hambridge

Alison Seymour and her bean growers.
If you have a pub or club, you could join the DT Brown Challenge!

When Cambridgeshire pub landlady Alison Seymour told D. T. Brown of her regulars’ intention to hold a competition to see who could grow the longest runner bean from the seed of its Enorma variety she was ordering, it gave the company’s Tim Jeffries an idea for a national contest to discover which British pub or club could grow the longest specimen.

Alison and her partner Matt Killick run The Carpenters Arms in Soham, near Ely.  “Several of our locals are keen vegetable growers and for a bit of fun they have challenged each other to see who can grow the longest runner bean this summer”, explains Alison.

Enorma Runner Beans from DT Brown
These could be worth a £100 voucher.

Red-flowered Enorma, long a favourite with exhibitors and the holder of an Award of Garden Merit from the Royal Horticultural Society, is capable of producing long, straight pods up to 50cm/20in or longer when well grown.  D. T. Brown is now offering a free packet of 70 seeds of Runner Bean Enorma (each worth £1.99) to the first 100 pubs or social clubs which contact the company with a view to running a similar competition.

“All we ask is that each pub sends us photographic proof of the longest bean grown by one of its customers by 1 September 2014.  We will award £100 worth of our vouchers to the person who grows the longest Enorma bean in the country”, says Tim.

To request a free packet of Runner Bean Enorma, write to D. T. Brown, Western Avenue, Matrix Park, Chorley, Lancashire PR7 7NB, telephone 0845 3710532, fax 0845 3710534 or go online www.dtbrownseeds.co.uk giving the name and address of the pub or club and a contact name.