We had all of the plants on trays of water on tables, which i must say made it very wet whenever we had to move them, which can be quite often.
The problem is not only water but it they were near the edge of the polytunnels the table could be knocked over.
So we converted to having everything on matting on the floor.
Continuing on with development we need to create pools to house the lilies.
Very cold weather for the beginning of spring delayed work, back in market rasen we have a tunnel that needs attention.
Work then went on hold until we moved to Brookenby in June 2018.
Once the cover was on the nissen huts (these used to be the old Lightning School and Raf Regiment training rooms) the plastic is cut and pulled tight.
Here is a video taken by Kristian.s.Bristow photography:
To the left of the nissen hut we needed another tunnel we were running out of space for our plants. When we first started in Market Rasen we had a range of smaller polytunnels we asked Andrew to merge 10 of them together to make one large tunnel.
New Andrew tunnel and gravel was starting to be lay. Construction completed January 2018.
Brookenby Business Park is the old RAF Binbrook.
RAF Binbrook was opened as a Bomber Command station in June 1940 during the Second World War home to No. 12 Squadron RAF which operated between 3 July 1940 and 25 September 1942 before moving to RAF Wickenby. The squadron operated the Vickers Wellington Mk II and III. Another squadron to use Binbrook before 1942 was 142 which initially operated between 3 July 1940 and 12 August 1940 with the Fairey Battle and left for a short time before returning on 6 September 1940 and going to RAF Waltham on 26 November 1941. The squadron used the Battle until November 1940 before switching to the Wellington Mk II.
RAF Binbrook closed in 1942 for the installation of three concrete runways, reopening in 1943 as home to No. 460 Squadron, Royal Australian Air Force. Post-war, Binbrook was home to a number of distinguished RAFbomber squadrons, notably IX, 12, 101 and 617, all four of which were there for more than a decade. The airfield saw the start of the RAF’s transition to jet bombers with the arrival of the first English Electric Canberras.
We have been developing the nissen huts into greenhouses, we also are restoring several buildings for our packing and offices. The work started July 2017.
The task was not easy considering the state of disrepair:
First task was to remove the rubbish then to remove the tin from the roof:
As quick as we were making space we were filling it with plants:
Once the tin was removed we then went about the very difficult task of covering the nissen huts in plastic:
This process is happening slowly as we are doing the work ourselves but it is changing every week.