Preparing for the apple harvest at Leckford Estate in Hampshire

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Pictured: Colin Pratt inspects the crop of cox apples in one of the orchards on the Leckford Estate in Hampshire ahead of the annual harvest next week. <br />
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Nearly 16,000 trees at Leckford will be picked for fruit in this year's harvest, with all the hand-picked produce heading to the shelves in Waitrose stores nationwide.<br />
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Fruit Farm Manager Colin Pratt said “The rain and cooler nights came just in time after a long, dry spell which has given the cox apples their vibrant red hue”. <br />
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