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Hannah Leggel of Burrow Hill Cider amongst their huge crop of Kingston Black apples.<br />
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Britain celebrates its biggest cider crop in twenty years<br />
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Top cider maker Julian Temperley is heralding his biggest crop of apples in 20 years thanks to the dry spring and wet summer - but it's not all good news because it means next year's harvest will be poor.<br />
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Mr Temperley says his 170 acres of Somerset orchards will yield a staggering 2,000 tonnes of apples this year, 500 tonnes more than expected.<br />
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The mammoth haul is so huge that it will take a team of 15 staff a back-breaking three months to press all the apples - and it will then leave them with almost a million litres of cider.<br />
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But because apple trees work on a biannual cycle - whereby a good year is followed by a bad one - the forecast for next year's crop is poor.