UK Farmer offers disused land to growers following COVID-19

UK Farmer offers disused land to growers following COVID-19

2nd July 2020 Uncategorised 0

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Since the dawning of COVID-19 many UK fruit and vegetable growers are investigating new growing methods such as Vertical Farming to increase outputs and ensure supermarkets a healthy supply of produce.

However, it’s not just the existing growers that are looking to contribute to the security and localisation of our supply chain. In the wake of global crisis, many UK farmers (usually specialising in field crops and dairy) are looking to offer their disused land to plant nurseries in order to boost their outputs and cater to the newfound demand in the market.

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Land that is flat and large enough to build glasshouses on is becoming increasingly harder to find for UK nurseries hoping to expand their operations. Robin Jones the owner of Pen Y Garth Farm based in Mold, Wales is reaching out to UK growers in hopes to offer their disused farmland as a potential site for new glasshouses or poly-houses.

Speaking of his new initiative Mr Jones says “I realise the need to the bolster security of the UK supply chain following the global pandemic. Although I don’t possess the skillset to grow in glasshouses to a commercial level, I feel Pen Y Garth Farm has something to offer to the solution”.

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Mr Jones has 3HA of land available in Wales with excellent transport links suitable for the housing of a new large-scale plant nursery. With hopes to strike up a long-term lease partnership Mr Jones looks to “use the land for a greater purpose and do his part to contribute to the economy that has served him so well in the past”.

In the aftershock of the pandemic, it is clear to see that the global economy and infrastructure is more fragile than we realise. Evidently necessary measures need to be put into place to help strengthen the food supply chain in preparation for any future crises.

The overbearing dependence on imports paired with a surge in demand for fresh produce has proved the importance of local farming. Although strengthening our infrastructure is no easy task, the refreshing and innovative approach that Pen Y Garth Farm is applying to their traditional agriculture model is step in the right direction and will hopefully spark a flame of proactive solution to the problem.

For any enquiries regarding the availability of the land at Pen Y Garth, please use the contact button below.

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