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Cider drinkers could find it more difficult to get their hands on the refreshing beverage after the recent UK floods wiped out apple treesReuters

Summer BBQs might run dry of cider this summer after the UK's wettest winter and floods decimated apple stocks.

Experts say that rising flood water wiped out almost 17,500 acres of orchards leaving the UK facing a cider drought.

Orchards had been replenished with millions of trees over the past decade as fruit growers looked to beef up native stocks.

But torrential downpours throughout December, January and February have left growers staring down empty barrels at a bloosom-less crop.

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Somerset was blighted by flooding during UK's winter floodsGetty

Julian Temperley, one of Somerset's most famous growers, told the Bristol Post it was hard to remain upbeat and described his 170 acres as "touch and go".

He said: "We've had an appalling late December, January and February - trees over the whole of the South West have taken a hammering,"

Julian, from Martock, Somerset, said: "There's certainly a big worry about waterlogged trees - there will be a considerable number dying."