British farmers and farm shop owners are experiencing an asparagus shortage after the wettest April on record
The wet weather has meant that the British Asparagus Festival due to be scheduled this weekend will be cancelled.
The incessant rain and floods has caused Worcestershire's quirky festival to be called off.
The organiser of the event, Angela Tidmarsh, comments, “We were expecting asparagus to be scarce due to the unseasonally good weather at the start of the year followed by the recent deluge. However, this week’s flooding means that the asparagus crop is almost completely dormant.
“What’s more, the venue for the festival has been under several inches of water when the River Avon burst its banks.
“It’s ironic as the British Asparagus Festival was started as a way of helping the area recover after the severe floods of 2007.
“That said, we plan to continue to celebrate asparagus throughout May and hope that the crop will be available for the famous auction at the Fleece at Bretforton on 27th May. At this rate, it will be selling at record prices,” she says.