Lotmead Farm has been selling baskets full of strawberries since the summer season started.

Over the winter, the team planted 40,000 strawberry plants and many of them are now ready for picking, as well as other fruits and vegetables including raspberries, sweetcorn, potatoes and runner beans, which will be available later in the season.

Manager John Meaden said: “We’ve now got a bumper crop of strawberries available and so this is the perfect time for strawberry lovers, and jam makers especially, to come and pick tasty, local fruit.

“Thanks to the cold weather in April and the wet weather in May, our crops are running later this year and so raspberries will be our next fruit ready towards the end of July.

“We have continued investing in the play area this year and have added a new jam lorry, which is proving very popular with children, and we’ve got lots of new animals in the small animal enclosure for people to meet too.”

The farm's play area at Lotmead received a new attraction, the Jam Lorry – a fun play lorry that builds on the existing Strawberry Thief play trail.

 Lotmead is now open seven days a week from 9.30am until 5pm, however fruit availability may affect closing times. For the latest opening and availability information, call the 24 hour hotline on 01793 790137.

There is no charge for entry for strawberry picking. Pickers will be provided with punnets to fill and pay for once they've picked their fill of the sweet healthy treats.

There is an additional charge for entry to the play area, small animal enclosure and nature trail, except for those aged two and under.

For more information on Lotmead and to book a visit, go to www.lotmead.co.uk or www.facebook.com/lotmeadfarm or www.instagram.com/lotmeadfarm.