Good weather could bring autumn fruit two weeks early

An early spring and a "wonderful growing season" is set to deliver autumn fruit crops around two weeks early, experts have said.

An early spring could mean a good season for British apples and pears Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) said its orchard at Wisley, Surrey, was seeing early ripening of berries and fruits such as apples and pears, and that most gardeners should be in line for an excellent crop.

RHS chief horticultural adviser Guy Barter said: "Everything is running a little bit ahead, though the cold nights we've been having will push it back a bit.

"The whole season has been early, it's been a wonderful growing season, with no frosts, good weather and here we are with autumn approaching and fruits ripening."