The ‘Cardiff’ pumpkin patch that nobody from Cardiff can visit

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A pumpkin patch advertising to the Cardiff area has found itself on the wrong side of the county’s border.

Cardiff Pumpkin Picking opened its fields to the public on October 10, but local coronavirus restrictions have numbered its potential customers.

The 13-acre field, planted with more than 50,000 pumpkins, is located just over the Cardiff county border in the Vale of Glamorgan.

But both counties are under local lockdown restrictions, meaning people can not travel to or from them without a reasonable excuse – such as for work, or caring duties.

But as the site has a CF post code, it’s caused confusion among many would-be visitors.







Dozens of people questioned event organisers on Facebook, with many asking: Is the Cardiff pumpkin picking patch in Cardiff or the Vale?

Responding to the queries, organisers said: “Due to the current restrictions, Cardiff’s patch is based within the Vale of Glamorgan.

“We recommend that if you are looking to join us that you do follow your local restrictions.”

Edward Kinder, whose company runs the event with the farm’s owners, said visitors numbers over October 10 and 11 were lower than in the first weekend of 2019, but that this year’s opening date was one weekend earlier.

“Bear in mind there’s all the social restrictions we have at the moment, it was bound to happen,” he said, adding that there were still “a nice amount of people there”.




But with coronavirus cases continuing to rise in Wales, he’s worried about additional, stricter lockdown measures in the coming weeks.

“That’s going to have a big effect on us if that happens,” he said, particularly over the half-term break, when families with children tend to visit in numbers.

First Minister Mark Drakeford has already confirmed that the Welsh Government is drawing up plans for a nationwide circuit-breaker lockdown which is expected to come in on Friday, October 23 for two or three weeks.

The decision could cause further challenges for businesses like Mr Kinder’s.

The pick-your-own event takes months of planning, with pumpkins planted at the end of May. It then operates for just a few weeks each year in the run up to Halloween.

“It’s a long term strategy,” he said, adding that Covid-19 already snarled plans for a maze and sunflower patch this autumn.

“That’ll run in August next year when kids are on holidays.”

But, for now, the event continues to operate with a number of measures to keep guests safe, including hand sanitising stations and socially distanced queuing systems.

“One of the good things about the event is we’ve got 13 acres,” Mr Kinder said.

“There’s plenty of space; you don’t have to be on top of each other.”

A track in trace system is also in place.

“The only advice I would say is: Don’t leave it to the last weekend, because restrictions might come into force and you might not be able to come out and enjoy yourself,” he said.

Cardiff Pumpkin Picking is open October 23-31 from 9.30am-4pm.



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