Flower producers in Wisbech St Mary have opened what is believed to be the UK’s largest propogation nursery.
The 6ha glasshouse, which cost £4.7m to build, is just the first phase of a development that could treble in size.
The structure will produce chrysanthemums, with the capacity to house 20 million plants at any one time in ten growing zones. It has 202 miles of heating pipes, 17 miles of irrigation pipes in the roof and boilers with enough power to provide heat to a housing estate.
The Cambridgeshire nursery, which employs 215 staff, is operated by husband and wife team Peter and Ann Wood.