Cammas Hall Farm has won a national award for the range of seasonal produce that can be picked on site.

The farm, in Hatfield Broad Oak, was named PYO (Pick Your Own) of the Year in a ceremony celebrating the best of the farm retail industry.

Cammas Hall was announced as one of the winners across eight categories at the Farm Retail Associaton's (FRA) 'Stronger Together' event at Sandy Park, Exeter - hosted by celebrity chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall.

Praising Cammas Hall's PYO service, the judges noted that: "A wide range of cropping is grown, all the favourites including pumpkins, cherries and sunflowers.

Dunmow Broadcast: Blackberries are available for picking during the summer at Cammas Hall FarmBlackberries are available for picking during the summer at Cammas Hall Farm (Image: Cammas Hall Farm)

"Visitors are greeted by enthusiastic staff throughout the PYO experience."

Other fruits and vegetables available to pick at the farm include strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, sweetcorn, onions, blueberries, squashes and blackcurrents.

The first fruit of 2023 is expected to be available for picking in late May or early June.

Cammas Hall's owner Jonathan Lukies said: "I am overjoyed to receive the FRA award for the best Pick Your Own farm in the UK for a second time.

"It is recognition of a huge amount of hard work and dedication by the incredible team here at Cammas Hall.

Dunmow Broadcast: Cammas Hall Farm won PYO of the Year by the Farm Retail AssociationCammas Hall Farm won PYO of the Year by the Farm Retail Association (Image: Cammas Hall Farm)

"I would like to say thank you to all of them, to all our loyal customers and to the FRA!

"Cammas Hall is now in its 57th year of offering PYO to the public and we continue to stick firmly to our ethos of supplying the highest quality local produce whilst providing an enjoyable friendly experience for all who visit.


"The last few years have brought additional challenges and we’re sure there are more around the corner, but we look forward to taking them on with the continued support of our customers."

The award ceremony was held as part of a three-day annual FRA conference, which included farm shop tours, guest speakers and workshops.

FRA chair Emma Mosey said: "It’s been a challenging year for farm food retailers and our thanks goes out to all of our members who work so hard. Congratulations to all of our winners who are among the best in the business."