They then moved to Lower Hope Fruit Ltd, part of Clive Richards Lower Hope Estate to learn about cherry growing including a tour of their high-tech optical grading and packing facilities.

The tour finished at Chase Distillery where growers learnt about diversification of a farming business and the day concluded with some social time enjoying a Chase Gin and Tonic and woodfired pizzas in the sunshine!

The day began at Freshfield Fruit Ltd in Withington with an excellent tour of the modern strawberry production systems from one of the Under 40s members, Jim White. Discussions were had on the importance of water security and good irrigation practice from irrigation consultants, AMS. Growers came from Kent, East Anglia and more locally from Herefordshire and Worcestershire to join in the day. 55 Grower and Sponsors attended the day – a fantastic turnout!

Alex Myatt