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Forget fruit picking! Picking your own tulips is the latest craze

A farm in Somerset is letting people pick tulips Photo: ITV West Country

Now we're used to the idea of picking our own fruit and veg. But a business in Somerset is offering you the chance to snap up your own tulips. It's thought to be the first of it's kind in the country. Tish and Andrew Jeffery bought the bulbs from Holland and planted them in their fields at Farrington Gurney Farm. Cordelia Lynch tells us about when she went to meet them.

A slice of Holland in the west country. A farm in Somerset is thought to be the UK's first ever pick-your-own tulip farm.

The inspirtion came from Andrew and Tish Jeffery's Dutch friend. That was in December, and it seems England has been a home from home for them.

The good thing I suppose is tulips aren't as dependent on warm weather because they do sort of come from turkmenistan where it is cold so the frost hasn't affected them at all that we've had in the last few weeks it will just slow down the flowering so more people can pick them.

What we're hoping is that people who come and pick will actually take the bulb as well because if they then plant them in their own gardens they may well flower again next year

– TISH JEFFERY, FARRINGTON FARM
Farrington Farm in Somerset Credit: ITV West Country

You can get your hands on a bunch of ten for £2.50.

Among the first pickers today were two ladies hoping to decorate their church. They walked away with nearly £50 worth.

Stephen Van dam, who came up with the idea, has already seen it take hold in the Netherlands. And with the only real cost being the bulbs, there is plenty of profit to be made from picking.

We have all kind of pick your own farms. mainly in the bulb area in the west of holland but yes, it's very nice and people love it. It's great

– STEPHEN VAN DAM
Tulip-picking facts Credit: ITV West Country

The netherlands export upwards of 100 million tulip bulbs per year and gardeners and parks in the UK buy more than 50 million tulips.

And they dont just look pretty, they're also edible. The dutch ate tulip bulbs during world war 11 to stave off starvation.

You can't plant the flowers in the same place twice, so the couple going to open it up to their cattle to dine on once the season is over in two months time.

Facts at the tulip farm Credit: ITV West Country

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