‘Pick your own’ fruit farm to open outside Chichester

A new ‘pick your own’ fruit farm is being set up near West Wittering Beach.

Local residents Matthew Higgs, Nick Cottrell and Sam Allison will run Dell Quay PYO Strawberries in a field on Birdham Road.

An opening date of July 1 has been set for the attraction, which will be open Tuesdays to Sundays, from 10am until 6pm. 

Visitors will be able choose their own strawberries and raspberries in any weather, thanks to the purpose-built polytunnels. There will be a café on site selling barista coffee, tea and locally sourced cakes and an ice cream van.

Joint business owner Matthew said planning for the business began shortly before the pandemic.

He said: “We’ve planted 36,000 strawberry plants and 1,800 raspberry plants. They will be staggered over two months, from July to early September. 

“It’s a great day out.”

The new business can be found on Facebook at @dellquayPYOstrawberries.

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