Bumper crop for March grower

Asparagus feature Will Aveling
Asparagus feature Will Aveling
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A March asparagus grower has enjoyed a bumper crop.

Will Aveling grows 100 acres of asparagus on his farm, which has produced a tastier-than-usual harvest this year.

Mr Aveling took over the farm from his father Victor, who has been growing asparagus for almost 40 years.

He said: “We’ve had a few tricky seasons in the recent past. Last year was much better and the warm sunny weather after we stopped cutting in June was really good for the asparagus crowns (the root system).

“The sunlight meant that the crowns stored up plenty of energy and this delivered a good 2015 crop.

“The cool nights this season have held the asparagus back so we haven’t seen a flush of asparagus like we did last year, but slow growing also improves the flavour of the asparagus and this season is one of the tastiest on record.”

Over the years, Aveling Produce has built a strong reputation.

He said: “We’ve worked hard to grow the market for British asparagus. When my father started growing in 1976 there was very modest demand for the crop which was the preserve of high end restaurants. Now asparagus is available across the country and there is a real buzz around the British season.”

One of Mr Aveling’s favourite times of year is after the cutting is finished. He said:“As the ferns grow they become a haven for wildlife. All manner of insects find a home in the ferns and this in turn attracts the birds. It can get really noisy out there.”