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Pick for Britain: Where to find fruit picking jobs

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A seasonal worker tends to raspberries ahead of the fruit picking season (Picture: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Prince Charles has called on ‘pickers who are stickers’ to help farmers with the picking of fruit and vegetables.

The Prince of Wales has voiced his support for the new Pick for Britain campaign which has appealed to people to join in the effort to help farmers harvest their crops.

The coronavirus pandemic has meant that many of the migrant workers who typically come to the UK in June to help with harvesting will likely be unable to travel.

Previously, Environment Secretary George Eustice said: ‘We are acutely aware that we are about to start the British season in fresh produce in soft fruits and salads.

‘We estimate that probably only about the third of the migrant labour that would normally come to the UK is here – and was probably here before lockdown.

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‘We are working with industry to identify an approach that will encourage those millions of furloughed workers in some cases to consider taking a second job helping get the harvest in in June.

‘It’s not an issue at the moment since the harvest has barely begun. But we do anticipate that there will be a need to help recruit staff for those sectors in the month of June.’

If you want to throw your hat into the ring for the chance to help harvest fruit and veg, and help ensure that fresh produce is kept on tables across the UK, here’s what you need to know about where you can find picking jobs to apply for.

Where to find fruit and vegitable picking jobs

Pick for Britain has its own jobs portal, which offers a variety of opportunities to choose from.

On the site, you can narrow down your search by clicking either for either national picking jobs or jobs in England, Scotland or Wales.

You’ll likely need to be at least 18 to get a picking job, but some farms offer roles to people as young as 16.

You may also find jobs advertised which are for packing, plant husbandry and forklift, tractor and van drivers, and most of the jobs don’t require previous experience and training will be conducted by individual farms.

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