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Mr Fothergill’s Is On A Quest To Find The UK’s Longest Runner Bean!

April 2nd, 2018 | Competitions, News, The vegetable garden | 2 Comments


Are you up for a challenge?  If you always clean up at the village show for the coveted title of ‘longest runner bean’ then this challenge is the one for you this summer!

A couple of years ago we ran a staff runner bean growing competition and the winning runner bean was a whopping 47.2cm in length. This year we want to throw the net wider and get the nation growing lengthy beans, and so are launching a competition to seek out the UK’s longest runner bean.

There will be 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes for the 3 longest beans, and of course, the winner will get to proudly state they are officially the UK’s Runner Bean Growing Champion of 2018 too!

How to Enter

  • You can grow any type of runner bean in this competition but we would recommend Runner Bean Guinness Record or Runner Bean Enorma if you really want to grow some lengthy beans.
  • Post pics of your beans on Facebook or Twitter and let us know how your young plants are getting along. We’ll have some random giveaways each month for great pictures posted with the hashtag #MrFLongestBean
  • You have until 30 September to grow the UK’s longest bean. Post us a picture on Facebook or Twitter of your bean with proof of its length.

The prizes

  • 1st prize: £50 worth of Mr Fothergill’s seeds
  • 2nd prize: £30 worth of Mr Fothergill’s seeds
  • 3rd prize: £20 worth of Mr Fothergill’s seeds

The Rules

Let’s not drag things down with loads of rules!  But…

  • The winners will be chosen after the competition closes at midnight on 30 September.
  • There are three prizes, with spot prize giveaways each month for fabulous runner bean pictures.
  • Mr Fothergill’s team reserves the right to choose the photos they deem the best for the spot prizes each month. Our decision is final and we will not enter into correspondence on our choices.
  • The 3 longest beans by 30 September will be chosen based on the photos submitted proving their length.
  • There is no cash alternative, the prize in non-transferable and may not be substituted by the winner.
  • If you are not the runner bean grower, and the photo you submit is not your photo, we reserve the right to disqualify you! Only your own pictures of your own produce please!

April and May is the perfect time to set your prize beans going. Take a look at the runners we have on the website here:

And good luck!!

Runner Bean Guinness Record leads the way in Mr Fothergill’s Year of the Bean 2017

November 23rd, 2016 | News, The vegetable garden | 0 Comments

Guinness Record An exclusive new runner bean called Guinness Record has so fired the imagination of staff at Mr Fothergill’s base, they organised a competition to see who can grow the longest specimen before it is launched in autumn 2016 for the 2017 season. Guinness Record is the company’s flagship variety in its support of the pan-European Year of the Bean initiative.

This exhibition-quality runner bean produces large crops of very long, smooth, tasty, slender pods up to 45cm (18in) from July to October. The vigorous, red-flowered plants are resistant to all bean viruses. A packet of 45 seeds of runner bean Guinness Record costs £3.25, and is available from Mr Fothergill’s retailers, from its mail order catalogue and from its website

This is the third year in succession we have lent our weight to the campaign which highlights a different vegetable annually. This commitment is also reflected on our trial ground this summer (2016). Trials manager Brian Talman reports he grew 35 varieties of runner beans, 30 varieties of climbing beans, 79 different dwarf beans and 36 broad beans.

Our mail order catalogue offers the largest range of bean seeds in the UK, with more than 90 varieties in its extensive range, including many unusual varieties and some organic seeds. For more information on Mr Fothergill’s range, or to request a catalogue please visit the website.

Ben’s Guinness Record bean is longest amid sabotage claim at Mr Fothergill’s

October 12th, 2016 | News, The vegetable garden | 0 Comments

Guinness Record beanGuinness Record beanWhat began as a light-hearted staff competition to grow the longest runner bean at a Suffolk seed company, eventually won by Ben Roden with a pod measuring 47.2cm, took a nasty turn when pods with winning potential were mysteriously taken, snapped in half and discovered in a nearby bramble thicket. The staff at Mr Fothergill’s were invited to enter a competition to see who could grow the longest pod of its new and exclusive runner bean Guinness Record, heralding 2017 being nominated throughout Europe as the ‘Year of the Bean’.

There was great interest when the competition was announced, and 11 entrants were chosen at random. Each was given five plants and a ‘wigwam’ of bamboo canes up which to grow them on the company’s Kentford, Newmarket, trial ground. From then on it was up to each entrant how they fed, watered and cared for their plants.

By early September the general length of growers’ pods was encouraging, with some already reaching 42-45cm. Matters turned sour, however, when one Monday afternoon some of the most promising pods were discovered snapped in half and discarded in brambles bordering the trial ground.

Investigations ensued, precautions were taken for the rest of the growing season, and while there was no more villainy, the perpetrator remains unknown and at large. When the pods were measured on 30 September 2016, Ben’s 47.2cm pod of Guinness Record beat a 46.5cm specimen grown by Colin Phillips into second place. Pim Dickson gained third place with a pod of 45cm.

Runner bean Guinness Record consistently produces very long, exhibition-quality pods on vigorous, red-flowered plants which are resistant to all bean viruses. It is available only from Mr Fothergill’s for the 2017 season. A packet of 45 seeds costs £3.25, available from garden centres and other retail stockists, and from its mail order catalogue.

For more information on Mr Fothergill’s range, or to request a catalogue, please visit the Mr Fothergills site.