British pea growers are predicting a return to business as normal this year, after disastrous weather last year ruined about 45% of the crop.

Although the late spring had delayed crop development, the cooler and windier weather had helped keep disease at bay, the British Growers Association said. The UK eats 150,000 tonnes of peas a year, but last year just 106,000 tonnes were grown. It is too early for precise estimates, but this year’s crop is tipped to be significantly bigger.