Pumpkins on the Middleton Primary and Nursery School trail. Source: Friends of Middleton Primary and Nursey School, Facebook
Pumpkins on the Middleton Primary and Nursery School trail. Source: Friends of Middleton Primary and Nursey School, Facebook

A pumpkin trail has been held in Wollaton to raise money for an all-weather sports track at a local school.

The Friends of Middleton Primary and Nursery School have put together a map of 17 houses for families to see this Halloween weekend.

The initiative aims to raise funds for the Middleton Mile – a sports track for the school’s pupils to use during PE lessons and break times.

The group’s chair and a parent of a child at Middleton, Debra Fearnshaw, 43, said that the idea came about in response to social distancing guidelines.

Pumpkins on the Middleton Primary and Nursery School trail. Source: Friends of Middleton Primary and Nursey School, Facebook
Pumpkins on the Middleton Primary and Nursery School trail.
Source: Friends of Middleton Primary and Nursey School, Facebook

She hopes that the trail will give families an engaging alternative to trick or treating.

She said: “There’s a lot of parents out there looking for something to do and this is a really safe activity for families.

“We’ve actually got a specific project that we’re trying to raise some money for.

“We’ve asked for a £2 voluntary donation when people get the map.

Pumpkins on the Middleton Primary and Nursery School trail. Source: Friends of Middleton Primary and Nursey School, Facebook
Pumpkins on the Middleton Primary and Nursery School trail.
Source: Friends of Middleton Primary and Nursey School, Facebook

“It is completely voluntary, but we’re really excited to have a brand-new project which will hopefully benefit a lot of children in the school.”

For the trail, each participating home displays a pumpkin engraved with a single letter.

When all the letters have been collected, they combine to spell a spooky phrase.

The response from the town’s residents has been overwhelmingly positive so far.

Wollaton local Katherine Griffin-Pearce, 21, said: “This is a really nice idea to create a community spirit in difficult times.

Pumpkins on the Middleton Primary and Nursery School trail. Source: Friends of Middleton Primary and Nursey School, Facebook
Pumpkins on the Middleton Primary and Nursery School trail.
Source: Friends of Middleton Primary and Nursey School, Facebook

“There have been some instances this week where young kids have been really excited when they see the pumpkins.

“I’ve even heard them screaming!”

The school has already received over £350 in donations.

If the trail’s success continues, its organisers hope that it could become an annual tradition.

For more information about the trail, please visit their Facebook page.