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Strawberry bonanza for youngsters.

FREE strawberries are on offer for youngsters wanting to pick their own at a Warwickshire Warwickshire (wŏ`rĭkshĭr), county (1991 pop. 477,000), 975 sq mi (2,525 sq km), central England. The county seat is Warwick. The terrain is gently rolling, with outcroppings of the Cotswold Hills in the south.  farm attraction over the next month.

Hatton Farm Village will let children visiting loose on its four-acre strawberry patch for three weekends.

It comes a year after the farm near Hatton village held a similar pick-yourown offer.

"So successful was the scheme last year that we've planted an extra acre and a half," farm manager Richard Craddock said.

"We're hoping to welcome many more children than last year's total of over 6,000, so we will need more strawberries to ripen rip·en  
tr. & intr.v. rip·ened, rip·en·ing, rip·ens
To make or become ripe or riper; mature. See Synonyms at mature.

 in the coming weeks.

"Although I can't make any promises given how weather-dependent natural crops can be, but I am hoping for a bumper crop In agriculture, a bumper crop refers to a particularly good harvest yielded for a particular crop.

Example: "With all the rain we've had over the last few months, we are expecting a bumper crop this year.
 this year. The May sunshine came at just the right time for us."

Parents are recommended to call the farm ahead on 01926 843411 to check if the strawberries are ready.

Richard added: "One of the real benefits of this is that it helps children to see where their food comes from."


TUCK IN: Freddie Buckley from Warwick with Betty Mae from Stratford enjoy strawberries in the sunshine at Hatton Farm Village
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Jun 11, 2012
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