Herefordshire grower, Chris Chinn was absolutely astonished to see his asparagus crop reaching heights of nearly one foot and ready to harvest, two months earlier than usual.
Mr Chinn, who supplies vegetables to Marks and Spencer, made the unexpected discovery of fully-grown spears, when checking the crop following recent storms.
He says: “We came up here to check the tunnels had weathered the storms over Christmas and thought we’d seal the doors down as normally we’re harvesting in early March, so we’re absolutely astonished.
“It’s just emerged through January and presumably started growing in December.”
The unusually mild temperatures are undoubtedly responsible for the crop’s advanced growth. In fact, the Met Office have recently announced that December 2015 was the wettest and warmest since 1910.
Mr Chinn says: "It’s been the warmest December on record and this asparagus will grow over about 6°C and if you look back at records over December, it was more or less 6°C, including in the night time, so it’s not that surprising.”