Horticultural Centre at Cross Lanes Organic Farm
We have a commercial 'recycled' greenhouse on site, with raised beds and paths. The greenhouse itself was formally Butterfly World in Tow Law, we dismantled and re-erected it at Cross Lanes and gave it a complete refurb.
With recycling at the fore front as always, our little 'milk carton' plant pots work a treat.... a waste product from the kitchen becomes an asset to the greenhouse, and is a little free advertising for our milk supplier Acorn Dairy!! Many other 'waste' containers from the kitchen are used as recycled plant pots.
We grow a wide variety of fresh organic home grown produce in the greenhouse, which is harvested and used in the kitchens by our chefs to make or accompany delicious dishes for the restaurant. Any surplus produce is sold in the farm shop.
We grow a lot of salad crops, such as tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuces, courgettes, herbs, edible flowers and much more.
Permaculture heating system
Incorporated into the greenhouse is a thermal store system where waste heat produced during the day, instead of evacuated outside, is blown underground through a network of pipes. These pipes transfer heat into the soil itself, which is then released by a reverse fan when night time temperatures dip to a point where produce could sustain frost damage.
The below images show how the network of pipes have been installed, these are now covered with a final layer of top soil.