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Warmest year is bearing fruit.

December may be just hours away, but farm workers are still out picking fruit in Northumberland, as 2006 heads for the record books as the warmest ever in Britain.

With the winter months looming, workers are in the fields picking rasp- berries at at Brocksbushes Farm, in Stocksfield.

The lack of any notable frost and cold snaps has seen fruit grow past its usual date, with Anna Latham, 19, picking the last few raspberries yesterday as the temperature was around 11AC.

Over the next few days it could be milder and reach around 13AC or 14AC.

Farm office worker Amanda Pigg said: "The raspberries would not normally be there at this time of year, as we would normally have a frost, and it's after the first frost that we usually stop."

The farm's first crop for next year is asparagus and as that needs warm weather to grow, the farm is hopeful that 2007 is also a warm year.

Amanda added: "We start with asparagus in April and as that is very weather dependent, let's hope we have more warm weather next year."

Weather forecasters say it will now take a prolonged cold snap to prevent 2006 being the warmest year on record in Britain with this autumn set to be the warmest on record as well.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Nov 30, 2006
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