Blog: Fears for Halloween as weather and Brexit hit pumpkins – Wales Online

Experts fear Halloween may be missing one traditional element this year thanks to the weather, Brexit and disruption in the supply chain.

Shoppers have noticed shelves of shops and supermarkets across the country have been empty of everything from beer to bread in recent weeks, with pubs, restaurants and other retailers also running out of essentials.

Now Halloween could be a victim of the disruption – thanks to Brexit delays, a lack of workers to pick the crop and bad weather.

Experts say pumpkins may be more difficult to come by this October.

According to i, the lack of pickers and lack of HGV drivers that is disrupting supplies will also hit pumpkins.

And it will combine with unsuitable weather to make the situation worse.

The paper says that parts of the UK saw just 65 per cent of the average rate of sunshine in August – with temperatures never staying above 15C through the month.

That means pumpkins have been failing to grow.

Leading wholesale pumpkin supplier Lyburn Farm in Salisbury, has closed its order books and says it is already oversubscribed.

The annual Mole Valley Squash and Pumpkin Show, scheduled for next month, has been canceled because of a lack of crop.

Other growers say they will need ideal weather in October if they are to get a decent crop.

TV show Gardeners World is this week offering advice to gardeners on how to try to ensure that pumpkins ripen.

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