How We Grow

How We Grow

Growing the best berries

We try and provide the plant with everything it needs over a long season of flowering and fruiting. First we choose the right field, the right variety to grow, the best plants and the correct planting date. Sensors are then used to continually record temperature, humidity, light levels and moisture but our specialist growers ‘walk the crops’ and use their knowledge and experience to interpret these data. So it’s a combination of old fashioned plantsmanship and high technology which grows the best berries.

Tom Pearson

Tom Pearson

Production Director

Growing the best berries

Tunnels & Glass

The crops are protected by polytunnels or glasshouses for an optimum growing microclimate. This combats encourages pollination, extends the harvest season, and means we can pick reliably every day - whatever the weather.

Tunnels & Glass
Tunnel
Tunnels provide a healthy growing microclimate as well as encouraging beneficial insects

Table Tops & Irrigation

Our strawberries are raised on ‘table tops’ for crop hygiene and to make them easier to manage and pick. We collect rainfall that falls on our tunnels and pipe it directly to the roots of each plant according to its irrigation needs

Table Tops & Irrigation

Growing in substrate

All our plants are grown in peat-free-substrate. We use coir – a by-product of the coconut industry which our plants love to root through. After several crops it is composted and recycled to improve soil structure on our arable fields.

Read about coir
Growing in substrate

Beneficial Insects and Biocontrol

Our crop ecosystem relies on beneficial insects which stop pests getting out of control. Hoverflies, ladybirds, lacewings and pirate bugs all eat damaging crop pests and we encourage them into our tunnels. Biocontrol also makes use of ‘good’ fungi to destroy moulds like mildew. This approach means we have reduced or eliminated many sprays.

Beneficial Insects and Biocontrol