The bad summer of 2012 – what has it cost?

The very poor weather this summer has impacted heavily on the UKs home tourism industry and agriculture.

Families that would normally have flocked to visitor attractions throughout the UK have been put off by the unpredictable summer weather and have stayed at home much more than is usual.

The excessively wet summer has also hit the UKs farmers; the unusually damp conditions have caused problems with pests, and the pick-your-own soft fruit outlets suffered from poor yields and fruit rotting before it could be picked.

The total cost of the 2012 summer’s bad weather to the Norfolk tourism and agriculture industry has yet to be calculated but it will run to many millions of pounds.

David Hobart

I grew up in Norfolk and have lived and worked in the county all my life.

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