English tree fruit growers are optimistic despite frost damage during April.
With the cherry season beginning in a fortnight, substantial growers such as Paul Mansfield, who has some 150 acres, reports that damage has only been patchy. While some trees have virtually no fruit, others are laden.
Autumn plums, usually the most susceptible, appear to have escaped and the crop should fulfil around 90% of its potential, estimated at 5,000 tonnes, with a farm gate value of over £5m.
Cox are expected to produce what forecasters are already calling a "modest crop", although Gala, the second largest dessert variety, should be normal. The Discovery harvest, which starts the apple season in late August, is said to be patchy.