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.
Growing is underway this year, although a little limited due to time, we are planting herbs, tomatoes, peppers and some quite unusual plants, you'll have to watch this space on that one. 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!!
It is our intention to grow a wide variety of fresh organic home grown produce in the centre over the years and we are looking forward to being able to pick produce daily for the farm shop to supply our customers and provide our chefs with fresh ingredients to make delicious dishes for the café-restaurant.
We also intend to grow a number of organic plants, flowers, trees and shrubs which will be available for sale to the public.
The greenhouse also makes an ideal place for our clothes line, for drying all the aprons and tea towels!!
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.