A bumper crop of strawberries after the hottest April on record

Helena Cook with the Incredible Edible Todmorden early strawberries outside Todmorden Health Centre.
Helena Cook with the Incredible Edible Todmorden early strawberries outside Todmorden Health Centre.
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THE warmest April on record has led to the best crop of strawberries in decades.

The early heatwave boosted sugar levels to make them sweeter and juicier than normal – and they’re already out in Incredible Edible Todmorden.

The community garden by Todmorden Health Centre, off Halifax Road, has produced a bumper crop.

Incredible Edible leader Helena Cook said: “Our strawberries flowered much earlier this year and a lot have set already.

“It is good news all round as it has been dry and we have had less of a slug problem.”

Major UK strawberry producers have reported a double yield compared to previous years.

Tesco has cut its imports of strawberries by 50 per cent.

“As the quality is so high, we have taken far more of the English crop than we usually do at this time of year,” said spokesman Paul Jones.

“We are predominantly selling English strawberries and the need not to import from Spain allows us to keep the price down.”

It has not been such good news for home grown wheat, salads and vegetables, which suffer in dry conditions.