London Borough of Enfield

London Borough of Enfield London Borough of Enfield logo

A to Z of services

Enfield Council says “Don’t waste your pumpkin this Halloween”

Published Thursday, 22 October 2015

Halloween is nearly here and the days are numbered for our favourite spooky staple, the pumpkin!


Two in five of us will buy one, carve it and then throw it away even though they can be used to make all sorts of delicious food.

Enfield Council is backing the North London Waste Authority (NLWA) and environmental sustainability charity Hubbub who are holding a ‘Pumpkin Rescue Festival’, to reduce this type of food waste.

Everyone is welcome to come along to one of the events listed below where you could enjoy delicious dishes made with pumpkin, learn how to cook something new or even get composting!

Pumpkin Party:
A big celebration event, taking place from 11am to 4pm on Saturday 31 October at the Angel Central Shopping Centre (21 Parkfield St, Islington, N1 0PS). Come along and enjoy delicious pumpkin soup and recipe cards and there will be some great pumpkin-themed fun and games too as well as tips and tools about ways to reduce your food waste.

Cookery Sessions:
5 November at 5.30pm - Urvashi Roe, Great British Bake Off contestant will show us how to include pumpkins into everything from cake to hummus at the Library Café, Enfield Town Library, 66 Church Street, Enfield, EN2 6AX.

Composting sessions:
31 October, 10.30am to 12.30pm at Arnos Park Community Garden: Soup, lanterns, building a bug hotel, crafts and bonfire. Just turn up on the day.
31 October, 2pm to 4pm ‘pumpkin sports’ at Broomfield Park Community Garden. Just turn up on the day.

Composting drop-off points:
Arnos Park Community Garden from 1 November to 8 November - just leave your pumpkin in the box outside the gate.
Broomfield Park Community Garden (more details to follow)…

Pumpkin pop-ups: There will be smaller pumpkins feasts taking place in north London.

Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Daniel Anderson, said “During Halloween many buy pumpkins to hollow them out for decorations. Though it's a fun thing to do, most then simply discard the flesh, which is a shame.

“There are many delicious and nutritious recipes that use the inside of a pumpkin such as soups and pies, and after the season the outside of the pumpkin can be composted easily.

“The NLWA have a number of events, all themed around reducing the waste involved with pumpkins. So to find out more why not attend one of the sessions?”

To find more information about events in your area go to: Link

More articles in the news archive.