Fourth Thanet Earth glasshouse is up and running

A fourth glasshouse at Kent's Thanet Earth protected horticulture complex is expected to yield tomatoes in time for Easter.

tomato growing - image: Tim Lewis
tomato growing - image: Tim Lewis
The 8-hectare glasshouse, its combined heat and power unit, and link to the site's electrical substation, together cost £17 million to construct.

It is owned jointly by Thanet Earth's project partners Fresca Group, Rainbow UK, A&A Growers and Kaaij UK, and will be managed by Kaaij's Gert van Straalen. It will employ up to 100 staff.

A statement from the group said: "[Thanet Earth] has made great progress financially, moving from large losses in year one towards a modest profit in year three. The future’s looking even brighter now."

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