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Enjoying the fruits of their labour
11:00am Saturday 31st August 2013 in News
HAMPSHIRE orchards are creaking under the strain of one of the heaviest crops on record after growing conditions came good at just the right time for many popular fruits.
At Kimpton Manor, which has its own press for extracting apple and other fruit juices, owner Henry Clark is inviting people with barrowloads of surplus apples from the bumper harvest to bring them round for pressing.
(There’s only so many you can eat, after all.) Mr Clark has more than 70 fruit trees and this is his best harvest since planting them over the past eight years.
“Everybody seems to have surplus apples this year, because the conditions were good for a really good crop with the wet and then the warm weather,” he said.
“We used to have an orchard in Somerset when I was young and I enjoyed it a lot, so decided to have one here.
“It has been a lot of hard work but we are helped by a former orchard manager, Peter Barwick, who comes here four times a year and helps us prune.”
The orchard has been developed without the aid of chemicals, but the press has spare capacity to anyone who might like to bring their surplus apples in rather than consign them to the compost heap.
Details of the enterprise are at kimptonapplepress.
As well as apples Henry has damsons, pears, figs, peaches and plums all growing well this year, with the high sunshine levels and warmth of July and August all adding to the sweetness of the fruits this year.
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