Drone pictures show UK's largest pumpkin farm in Nottinghamshire - which started when a teenage boy began growing them as a hobby

Maxey's Farm in Kirklington, Nottinghamshire, is one of the UK's biggest pumpkin farms
Maxey's Farm in Kirklington, Nottinghamshire, is one of the UK's biggest pumpkin farms

These drone pictures reveal the UK’s biggest pumpkin farm in Nottinghamshire - which started as a schoolboy’s hobby.

Green-fingered James Maxey grew the Halloween favourites when he was just 13 to sell to his friends for extra pocket money.

James now harvests 25,000 pumpkins every year.

James now harvests 25,000 pumpkins every year.

But seven years later, he now harvests a staggering 25,000 pumpkins every autumn which he grows at his parents’ farm.

Every October more than 100,000 visitors descend on the farm in Kirklington to pick a selection from the 20 varieties in the fields.

James, 20, now runs the pick-your-own pumpkin farm which is the largest in the UK.

He said: “I started when I was 13 next to the farm shop with a little half-an-acre field with about 200 pumpkins in it which I sold to my school friends.

James started selling pumpkins aged 13 and now runs one of the UK's largest pumpkin patches.

James started selling pumpkins aged 13 and now runs one of the UK's largest pumpkin patches.

“Every year I planted more and more and now I’ve about five or six acres.

“We grow around 25,000 pumpkins, which includes 20 different varieties. They are all different shapes, sizes, colours so it's grown massively.

"It takes about week to plant them in the field but about six months to wait for them to grow.

"We've done this for seven years and we've struggled to keep up with demand. It's a very busy time for us and we've delighted with how it's grown.

“We have a warty goblin one with warts all over it and there are bigger, darker orange ones and even Cinderella carriage types ones.

“A lot of people say ‘where will they grow?’ and we say ‘They grow right here’ and they go ‘Really?”

The success of his pumpkin empire led James to leave school at 16 and run the business full-time.

He added: “I have always wanted to be out and could never sit in a classroom or anything.

“I have always got to be out doing something.”