UK: Silverdale Nursery has erected caravans for cucumber pickers

Since taking over family run Silverdale Nursery in 2014, UK Salads has harvested 12 times more cucumbers at the Nazeing site by tripling the growing area and doubling the height of glasshouses.

With the growing season now extended to 11 months - from late January to November or December - the company claims it needs eight crop workers on hand for the majority of the year.

The relatively low wages of the workers and high price of renting locally has led UK Salads to erect four two-person caravans on site, which it is now requesting planning permission for.

In its application, town planner Stephen Hayhurst wrote: "The ability to attract good quality labour to work on the nursery is crucial to maintaining and enhancing the business’s viability.

"The viability of the nursery would be under threat if insufficient accommodation were available on site in the future."

Read more at the East London and West Essex Guardian Series

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