Fruit farmer Jonathan Hoskyns checks the Dabinett cider apple trees in his orchard.

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Pictured: Fruit farmer Jonathan Hoskyns checks the dabinett cider apple trees in his orchard at North Perrott Fruit Farm in Somerset.<br />
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Cider apple growers are preparing for a bumper crop this year - but due to the pandemic the fruit will be used to make electricity instead of cider.<br />
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With festivals cancelled and pubs and restaurants closed for much of last year, most big cider companies still have a stock of apple concentrate from 2019 and will not need new harvests this year.<br />
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Fruit farmer Jonathan Hoskyns will still get paid a reduced rate for his crop from the cider company.<br />
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But instead of letting the apples rot in the orchard, he is planning to send his cider apples to a biodigester which breaks down organic waste into natural energy.