You can see the growth of the project from the photos below – we are looking forward to the tarp going on this week, and getting some stock moved in.
Boningale has invested £37,000 in the new tunnel, which is so vast because it is designed to house some of our larger stock – depending on the size of the pots, it can hold between 5-20,000 pots.
The tunnel is 3.5m at its highest point, meaning as well as being able to contain really large stock, it also gives the team forklift access.
They can quickly and efficiently bring stock in and out, and manage it once inside, which also helps reduce the time we spend moving stock around the nursery.
There will also be four roll-up sides, which are motorised, again to allow us easy access.
The main frame is now in place, and the back side of the tunnel is due to be fully sheeted this week with NICO tarpaulin.
We have built the tunnel to home crops needing protection which we have brought into the nursery, rather than grown ourselves.
Keeping the stock separate from our home-grown specimens helps reduce any spread of pests and diseases, effectively acting as a quarantine area.
The other big advantage of having a tunnel this size is that it will free-up more growing area for our own stock.
We look forward to showing you the completed project soon.