New tea plantation - in North Yorkshire

FORGET Sri Lanka, India and Kenya, the tempting cuppa known as Yorkshire tea could soon be just what it says - from Yorkshire.

Family tea merchants, Taylors of Harrogate, may soon be sourcing tea leaves for the nine million cups of Yorkshire Tea enjoyed each day from much closer to home.

For the blenders of the popular brew have just planted their very own tea plantation - in not so tropical Harrogate.

It's anticipated that it will take another two to three years for the bushes to mature enough for the first harvest.

And, of course, it will be no mean feat to nurture bushes which usually flourish in the tropics, requiring hours of continuous sunshine each day.

But the company is hoping that with a bit of patience and luck, in a few years time they will have our very own outdoor crop of real Yorkshire Tea.

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