Tangmere Airfield Nurseries Ltd is a family business based on the famous Battle of Britain airfield in West Sussex. We are one of Europe’s largest sweet pepper nurseries growing peppers to LEAF Marque standards, following the principles of Integrated Farm Management (IFM). We also have a site in Extremadura, Western Spain, which supplements the British crop in winter to ensure a continuous supply of peppers all year round. We gained LEAF Marque certification in 2003.
Grower: Mark Knight
Address: The Old Airfield, City Fields Way, Tangmere, Chichester, West Sussex, PO20 2FT
Member since 2002 and LEAF Demonstration Farm since 2015
Certification: LEAF Marque since 2003
Tangmere Airfield Nurseries Ltd is a family business based on the famous Battle of Britain airfield in West Sussex, and one of Europe’s largest sweet pepper nurseries growing peppers to LEAF Marque standards. The company also has a site in Extremadura, Western Spain, which supplements the British crop in winter to ensure a continuous supply of peppers all year round, with more than 100 acres of state of the art glasshouse facilities in the UK and also in Spain.
Over 60 million sweet peppers are grown every year which is supplied to most of the UK major retailers as well as to the wholesale market.
Tangmere Airfield Nurseries Ltd is an industry leader in growing top quality peppers through cutting edge technology and commitment to environmental sustainability, food safety standards and an extensive programme of research and development. The company is constantly looking to drive efficiency and reduce waste, using biological growing practices and encouraging innovation including the use of precision irrigation system.
Waste is reduced wherever possible – recycling all cardboard and clear plastic and re-using the mattresses in the metal bins that protect the peppers during picking. In addition, on-site electricity generating station allows the use of waste heat and CO2 produced during electricity production to help grow more peppers. No herbicides or fungicides are used, instead beneficial insects are utilised to control pests like aphids and thrips to reduce reliance on synthetic plant protection products, which is only used when absolutely necessary.
Visits are regularly hosted at Tangmere for the public, local schools and other growers. The nursery also gets involved in Open Farm Sunday which helps build links with schools and a wide range of local interest groups.
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