The Green House Sus­sex Ltd

The Green House Sus­sex Ltd is one of the largest toma­to nurs­eries in the UK. They are a fam­i­ly run busi­ness and have been grow­ing toma­toes in Barn­ham, near Chich­ester since 1977.


Grower: William Pitts

Address: Green House Sussex Ltd, Pollards House, Lake Lane, Barnham, West Sussex, PO22 0AD

Website: https://www.thegreenhousegrowers.co.uk/

Member since 2004 and LEAF Demonstration Farm since 2015

Certification: LEAF Marque since 2004

The Farm

The Green House Sussex is a family run business growing a range of top quality vine tomatoes and is one of the largest tomato nurseries in the UK covering 28 acres of glasshouses and supplying two main UK retailers.

Activities

The farm has worked hard to reduce their environmental impact through energy efficient boilers, upgrading heating pipes, insulating our heat storage tanks and fitting moveable thermal screens to seventy percent of the glasshouse structures, seeing a significant reduction in energy use.

Waste is reduced wherever possible and all tomato waste is sent for composting. A special kind of ground cover plastic is also used which allows plant material to dehydrate on the floor. Rainwater is collected from the glasshouses and fed to the on-site reservoir and used for irrigation.

Predatory insects are used to control pests and bumble bees for pollination as part of mitigating the need for artificial plant protection products. Valuable habitat is preserved and enhance around reservoirs, which acts as a food source and nesting site for a wide range of wildlife. Regular monitoring of wildlife and flora on site is carried out as part of ongoing conservation work.

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