THE first strawberries of spring have left a nursery with 2012 set to be a record year for growers.
Donaldsons Nursery in Chichester is packed to the rafters with rows of strawberries as far as the eye can see.
Workers will be busy in the next few weeks, harvesting the fruit to go out to Tesco – the UK’s biggest seller of strawberries.
The supermarket believes demand will hit a record high this year as Brits stock up for events including the Diamond Jubilee, and the Olympics.
Early predictions have shown that sales could be up by 10 per cent.
Paul Jones, strawberry buyer for the chain, said: ‘Traditionally when we have a summer of major sporting events sales tend to soar because of the increase in parties and barbecues.
‘We think that with the Queen’s Golden Jubilee we will see even higher demand this summer.’