Why are there so many berries this year?

RHS – /Vicky Turner

Berries, plants and hedges early this year because of the unusual weather.

The combination of a warm, dry spring, followed by July and August rains led to an abundance of berries, according to gardener.

“The berries are an important part of gardens and animals and things that come together to make this year a rich and beautiful harvest,” said Guy barter, chief-gardener at the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS).

Plants are already bearing berries include spindle bushes (Euonymus), and firethorn (Pyracantha), while crab apples are also Mature early.

The fruits are probably the same time with the appearance of fall color on the leaves.

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“At some point, the autumn colors, the form, and you get this wonderful colour combinations of red -, black -, yellow -, and purple – to look at something to move forward,” he added.

Trevor Dines, of the charity Plantlife, said it had already near-perfect conditions for a good fruit in our hedgerows this year.

The warm, dry spring, pollinating bees, wasps, and flies are encouraged at peak times of the flowering in April and may.

Then the warm, wet summer has been ideal for the development of the fruits, with water around the berries swell.

Meanwhile, the fall color is on display in some areas.

“With the return to more humid conditions over the summer, it’s been a bit of a longer vegetation period and so it is not surprising that we are now said to fruit set and the colours of autumn see the arrival of three to five weeks earlier than normal,” Dr. Dines.

“Oak trees in North Wales are turning to the color you would not usually see that until the end of October.”


Berries are a valuable food source for wildlife, especially birds.

Thrushes, blackbirds, redwings and cesene feast on the berries throughout the winter.

The seeds pass out through the bird ‘ s good, and are often deposited far to help, to spread the plants far and wide.

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