A new glasshouse for the production of young plants has been opened by Palmstead Nurseries.
The 1ha glasshouse has been built at Palmstead's site in Kent and will be used to produce more than 1.5 million young plants annually. The unit, which cost around £750,000, was opened by Ashford MP and minister Damian Green at a tree-planting ceremony.
Palmstead joint managing director Bob Chapman said: "We needed to upgrade our old propagation house and increase the proportion of plants we raise ourselves.
"We want to be less reliant on other growers, become more sustainable and self-sufficient. It also allows us more control over the production cycle and increases the quality of product."
Marketing manager Nick Coslett added: "We are adapting our production to meet market demand and have increased our production of perennial plants to over a quarter of the total."
He continued: "The staple shrubs are still popular but people want more colour as we increase our share of the garden making sector."