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Douglas Smith breaks Guinness World Record for tomatoes

Local Herts grower smashes Guinness World Record for number of tomatoes grown on a single truss…

Douglas Smith has broken the Guinness World Record for the number of tomatoes grown on a single plant truss.

The Stanstead Abbotts resident (and my hubby) managed to grow 839 tomatoes on his green-house grown plant, beating the previous record of 488.

Douglas Smith grew 839 tomatoes on a single plant truss

The record is yet to be verified officially by the Guinness World Record invigilators, but was counted by RHS Hyde Hall’s horticulturalist Matt Oliver and officially witnessed on Friday by PC Charlie Herod of East Herts Police and the Reverend Sarah Forrest, vicar of St Andrews and St Margarets Church in Stanstead Abbotts.

Busy with the count… (Piper Terrett)

The day of the count started poorly with heavy rain, but luckily the clouds cleared and the rain stopped at lunchtime, just in time for the count, which took an hour and was filmed.

Last year, Douglas Smith grew a 20 ft sunflower against the back of our house during Lockdown and also won the UK record for the heaviest tomato.

“I am over the moon,” said Douglas. “This year was only meant to be an experimental year to see which varieties would produce the most fruit and we had to contend with early blight, which put paid to a number of other tomato plants. I’m amazed by how many tomatoes were on the plant in the end.”

(L to R) Reverend Sarah Forrest, PC Herod, Douglas Smith and Matt Oliver (Pic: East Herts Police)

“A vicar, a policeman and a gardener walk into a… It sounds like the beginning of a joke,” said Matt Oliver on Twitter.

Look out for the full story soon on our Local Lowdown Podcast

Piper Terrett
Author: Piper Terrett

Editor and founder of Happeninginherts.com

Piper Terrett

Editor and founder of Happeninginherts.com

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