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Gloomy prediction for East Lancs apple growers
AN East Lancashire cider maker has revealed that the crop in the north west is not set to be as ‘bumper’ as the rest of the country.
Michael Creighton, who runs Dove Syke Cider Company in West Bradford with his wife Joanna, said that while his crop will be bigger than last year, they were still down by around 50 per cent on two years ago.
And they may even need to import apples in order to meet demand.
Simon Russell, a spokesman for the National Association of Cider Makers, has said that if the weather continues in the same way with a bit more rain, both the quality and quantity of the apples across the UK could be ‘exceptional’.
The cold spring meant apple trees were late flowering, avoiding late frosts, and when they did flower, there were more hours of sun and warmer temperatures.
Mr Creighton, 58, who was raised in Waddington and has run the business since 2010, said: “This will not be the case in the north of England that’s for sure.
“Two years ago branches were almost breaking under the weight of all the apples, but this simply is not the case this year. We are up on last year but it will certainly not be the best crop in a decade in the north.
“There are not enough apples and those that have grown are not big enough.
“We are beginning to look at other options such as importing from overseas to make sure we reach the demand.”
The company produce three main varieties of still cider as well as one-off single apple specialities and it supplies more than 30 pubs and hotels.
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