Ireland: Glasshouses destroyed by snow

Horticulturalists and vegetable and potato growers faced a range of impacts from Storm Emma. Farmers with glasshouses and polytunnels bore the brunt of the recent bad weather, with many structures collapsing under the weight of the snow.

Several nurseries at Barnland, Gorey, Co Wexford were severely hit.

"It's bad enough to lose glass, but some of the structure is gone as well," said John Nangle, who lost more than half of his 2 acre of glasshouses at the weekend.

"If the bars are bent, the glass won't go back in," he added, estimating the damage at €30,000 for which he did not have insurance. His nursery is now rented out – "this was my pension after the best part of 40 years," he told the Irish Farmers Journal.

Horticulturalists must wait for the snow to melt before conducting a full survey of the damage because broken glass is still falling from the roofs and hiding under drifts on the floor.

Click here for the entire article and more pictures on www.farmersjournal.ie.

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