UK: Greenhouse complex to turn Suffolk into TOV giant

A company’s multi-million pound investment is about to turn Suffolk into a major producer of vine tomatoes.

In the first stage of a £30m project, at Great Blakenham near Ipswich, Sterling Suffolk Ltd has built a massive Dutch-style glasshouse with the dimensions of an aircraft hangar - or 11 football pitches.

It is on track for the first tomatoes to be planted in December, and for the first cropping to begin from mid February 2019.

When complete there will be 17 hectares of production glasshouses, plus office, packaging and production on site.

The first giant 8.3 metre tall house has been constructed since March, despite the bad weather.

Now it will be fitted out with blinds and hydroponics equipment ready for the first planting in December.

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