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Fruit picking: the perfect job for backpackers in the UK

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Even the healthiest among us often struggle to get our 5 a day. But now, there’s another challenge with getting enough fruit and veg, and that’s availability.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic and the looming effects of Brexit, Britain’s farms are now struggling to find enough workers to help with harvesting. Border closures alone can result in a loss of 90,000 workers. But that does pose an opportunity to people who want to enjoy the outdoors and make a few extra quid in the process.

From fruit picking and packing to forklift driving and plant husbandry, you’ll find plenty of job vacancies on Britain’s farms.

And, if you’re still furloughed from work, you can pick up one of these farming jobs to supplement your income. The perfect job for backpackers in the UK

So, where are Britain’s best fruit picking jobs? And how can you secure one?

British Summer Fruits

British Summer Fruits is an organisation that represents over 95% of all British-grown berry farmers. It aims to increase the consumption of berries in the UK by working closely with growers, importers and potential fruit picking job candidates.

Head to the British Summer Fruits website, and you’ll see a map of fruit picking vacancies throughout the nation, particularly around Edinburgh, London, Southampton and Wales. Want to check out some of the best tourist hotspots during your temporary stay in one of our nations’ capitals? Check out our range of tours.

Hall Hunter Farms

Hall Hunter Farms is one of the UK’s largest berry producers, with three locations in Berkshire and Surrey. It usually has plenty of vacancies from April until November. And if enjoying the outdoors isn’t a big enough perk of the job, you’ll be glad to know that the cash isn’t half bad either. In 2019, the average weekly wage was over £400.

There are plenty of things to see and do when you have time off in Berkshire. Windsor Castle is one of the most famous landmarks, and you can see it on our tour that also visits Blenheim Palace and its gardens.


Pro-Force is another large organisation that connects temporary fruit pickers to farms throughout the UK. Many jobs are located near its headquarters in Kent, one of England’s most beautiful counties.

During your stay in Kent, you can visit some of the nation’s best coastlines as well as landmarks including Canterbury Cathedral and Leeds Castle. Whether you’re a nature-lover, history buff or thrill-seeker, you won’t struggle to occupy your free time while working in Kent.

G’s Fresh

Of course, berries aren’t the only edible that grow in abundance on the UK’s farms. There are also crops like celery, mushrooms, onion and radish that need picking, packing and distributing. If you’re interested in such work, head to G’s Fresh to see what’s on offer.

Most seasonal jobs available at G’s Fresh are located in East Anglia and Sussex, where you can see long shorelines, white cliffs, medieval hamlets and plenty of countrysides. You’re also just a short distance from Stonehenge, one of the world’s most famous prehistoric sites.

If you’d like to experience as much as possible of the beautiful British countryside whilst you’re here, make sure to check out our Tours from London. You’re sure to find lots of exciting new places to explore.