North Norfolk: Storm rips out 83 tunnels and destroys strawberry crop

North Norfolk strawberry farmer Simon Turner has lost a year’s-worth of work in just 13 hours. Turner, owner and managing director of Sharrington Strawberries, said he and his team worked tirelessly to save their crops on September 25 when fierce winds and rain battered north Norfolk.

The wind, which reached speeds of 70mph, destroyed the tunnels which protect the crops. Thousands of steel tunnel hoops were snapped in half, thousands of metres of plastic covers were destroyed, as well as 40 miles of rope. Despite working all day, Turner expected the damage to the tunnels at Field Dalling to be a six-figure sum.

Image: Sharrington Strawberries

Northnorfolknews.co.uk quoted Turner as saying: “It breaks your heart because the hard work that goes into this is immense. To see all that damage done, it’s a very bitter pill to swallow. We did everything we could possibly do and my guys worked very hard in the circumstances. Sadly we could not save it. But, they did all they could. Everyone was soaked to the skin: we had three inches of rain the same day so it was horrendous. The most important thing is none of my guys were hurt and we have to pick up the pieces to go again.”


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