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UK: More Glasshouses in Essex

UK: More Glasshouses in Essex

Approval for a major expansion of glasshouses in the Lea Valley will provide a welcome boost for British-grown salad crops, says the National Farmers Union. Valley Grown Nurseries has received planning permission to construct 21 acres of glasshouses to grow tomatoes and peppers in Nazeing, Essex. The glasshouses will mark the largest expansion in the Lea Valley for more than 50 years. “Self-sufficiency in the horticultural industry has fallen for a number of years and we now import four out of every five tomatoes eaten in this country at a time when the public are actively seeking to buy quality British produce. There is tremendous scope to grow more salad crops to meet public demand, but modern agriculture and horticulture require modern buildings and modern facilities. I’m delighted that the planners have recognised this and taken this decision to back British farming,” says NFU President Meurig Raymond. (Source: freshplaza.com)