As Covid-19 continues to change life in the UK, British apple and pear growers are starting an ambitious recruitment drive to mobilise the UK’s workforce.

Brits are being encouraged to take up the challenge to help bring in the harvest and support farmers’ efforts to get fresh fruit to the nation.

The British Apples and Pears organisation estimates that 10,000 picking jobs will be available in their members’ orchards from August to October.

Farmer Ali Capper, executive chair of British Apples and Pears, said: “It’s never been more important to deliver healthy British produce to consumers.

“Our newly launched recruitment campaign is designed to put people looking for work in direct touch with apple and pear growers who need help getting our delicious fruit from the trees to our tables.

“Fruit picking is hard work, but it’s rewarding knowing that you’re doing a valued job. It’s a great time to be out in the beautiful British countryside.”

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