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Nothing quite beats a hand-picked strawberry straight from the garden. But living in the city doesn’t quite bode well for lovers of nature and fresh produce. To help you fulfil your countryside dreams, we’ve picked out our favourite spots to pick your own fruit, veggies and flowers near London.

Parkside Farm

There’s nothing more satisfying than biting into a sweet strawberry oozing with juice in every bite, and at Parkside Farm you’re in safe hands because their fields are brimming with the red berries. Just a stone’s throw away from central London, Parkside Farm has a wide range of fruits and vegetables that are grown especially for their pick-your-own experience, expect to find everything from blackcurrants to strawberries, beetroot to Swiss chard. 

In light of the government guidelines surrounding COVID-19, the farm is operating on an advance booking only so make sure you book in your slot before heading out into the country.

Location: Hadley Road, Enfield, Middlesex EN2 8LA

www.parksidefarmpyo.co.uk

Hewitt’s Farm

Spread over 78 acres of farmland, Hewitt’s Farm is the place to go for hearty produce and a fun PYO experience with the family during the summer months.

Having been run by the same family for over 40 years, their PYO experience offers a wide range of produce, ranging from berries to pumpkin patches in the autumn months. Right now their reopening date is still scheduled to be released but we can’t wait to get pick, pick, picking soon.

Location: Courts Road, Bromley, Chelsfield, Orpington BR6 7QL

www.hewittsfarm.co.uk

Garsons Esher

Expect rows upon rows of sunflowers, veggies and fruit when you visit Garsons Esher in Surrey. 

Home to the UK’s largest pick-your-own farm with 30 crops and over 75 different varieties, Garsons is home to the ripest fruits from raspberries to strawberries and fresh vegetables, including sweetcorn and courgettes. 

In light of the current situation, Garsons has launched a Farm Pass allowing PYO customers to be fully controlled in advance, providing a safe and fun environment for all. Booking in advance is necessary.

Location: Winterdown Road, Esher, Surrey KT10 8LS

www.garsons.co.uk

Stanhill Farm

From beetroot to raspberries, runner beans to baby corn, Stanhill Farm is located just 17 miles from the centre of London, which makes it the perfect spot to head if you’re in longing for a day foraging. Throughout the year there’s over 20 different crops to choose from. 

Right now there is no booking required, however they may introduce a booking system if the farm becomes too busy and unsafe.

Location: Birchwood Road, Wilmington, Dartford, Kent DA2 7HD

www.stanhillfarm.co.uk

Copas Farm

Get out the big smoke and head west of London to Iver where you’ll find one of Copas Farms, offering a wide range of seasonal fruit and vegetables for you to pick at your pleasure. Their produce is primarily selected for their flavour and uses modern planting and cultivation techniques, using minimal amounts of fertilisers. You’re guaranteed to have punnets of fun with the family while you pick the day away. (Copas Farm also has a location on Berkshire too if you’re headed a little further afield!)

Book in advance.

Location: Calves Lane Farm, Billet Lane, Iver, Buckinghamshire SL0 0LU

www.copasfarms.co.uk

Crockford Bridge Farm

Source your fruit and vegetables in a whole new way at Crockford Bridge Farm’s PYO service. The family owned PYO farm is currently open for essential retail only. To coincide with current regulations, some of the crops in the PYO section have one way systems and there is a minimum charge of £4 per group.

Location: New Haw Road, Addlestone, Nr. Weybridge, Surrey KT15 2BU

www.crockfordbridgefarm.co.uk

New House Farm Shop

Venture out of the city and into the Sussex countryside as you pick your favourite fruit and veggies at New House Farm Shop in Horsham. 

Known more widely for its farm shop that sources only the finest and locally sourced produce, the farm also boasts its own pick your own set-up, which opened earlier in June. Grab your basket and pick all of the juicy strawberries on offer.

Location: Old Crawley Road, Faygate, Horsham RH12 4RU

www.newhousefarmshop.co.uk

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