- Energy Saving
Using glass for soft fruit
The UK soft fruit sector continues to expand due to consumer preference for local production utilising an extended growing season. Most often this has been by the implementation of single span ‘Spanish’ tunnels, together with new varieties and substrate crops in gutters or on table-tops irrigated using hydroponic irrigation systems. However, single-span plastic structures do not easily lend themselves to intensive heated crop production, so there is now a marked trend to achieve an extended season either by using existing glasshouses originally erected for other crops or, more recently, by building new glasshouses specifically for soft fruit production.