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Go fruit picking with the family to one of these 10 farms

Posted: 18 June 2009
by Suzanne Milne

Marcus and son
Lifton Strawberry Fields, Devon
This family farm offers soft fruit picking and an orchard. There is also a new barn-style restaurant. Tel: 01566 784605 or visit

Boyces Nursery, Devon
This nursery is set in lovely surroundings with grass paths between rows and kneeling mats for picking bush fruit. Strawberries are grown on raised beds; come back to pick plums later in the year. Tel: 01392 832218 or visit

Manor Farm Shop,
Somerset After enjoying a slice of cake from the farm shop, take your pick of the delicious fruits. Strawberry picking doesn’t have to be back-breaking with table-top strawberries on offer. Tel: 01460 240221 or visit

Ansty, Wiltshire
Not only are there pick- your-own fruit and vegetables, there’s also a maize maze for children to play in if they get bored of eating the strawberries. There’s also a playground and a tea room – if you need some sustenance. Tel: 01747 829072 or visit

Primrose Vale Shop, Gloucestershire
There are strawberries to pick from May, then gooseberries, tayberries, loganberries, redcurrants and raspberries later in the season. Tel: 01452 863359;

Parkside Farm, Middlesex
National winner of the Pick Your Own Farm Of The Year 2009, there are lots of different berries, plums and a good selection of veg here; there’s also a picnic spot. Tel: 020 8367 2035 or visit

Garsons, Surrey
With over 100 acres of fruit, vegetables and flowers at your fingertips, you’ll want to come back again and again. Regular customers can join Garsons Pick Your Own Garden Club. Tel: 01372 464389 or visit

Berry Hill Fruit Farm, Monmouthshire
Located in Coedkernew village, Berry Hill has pick-your-own fruits throughout summer – from berries and apples to pears and plums. Tel: 01633 680938 or visit

Hooton’s Home Grown Farm, Anglesey
The Welsh regional winners of Gary Rhodes’ Local Food Heroes 2008, this farm operates two pick-your-own sites, both with stunning views of Snowdonia. There’s also a farm shop and a café. Tel: 01248 430 344 or visit

Cairnie Fruit Farm, Fife
This super family-friendly farm has 45 acres of pick-your-own garden. There is also a six-acre giant maze, sand box, trampoline, a football pitch, a straw-bale fortress as well as a picnic spot. Tel: 01334 655610;

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