Work on £120 million glasshouse project starts in Ingham
Work on a tomato greenhouse which will be larger than the O2 arena has started in Ingham.
The £120 million world-first low carbon glasshouse project could create hundreds of jobs.
West Suffolk council leader John Griffiths and Cllr Susan Glossop were shown around the site by landowner Frank Stennett.
Frank Stennett said: “This system and this technology will be more competitive than glasshouses heated by old methods. It will reduce the carbon footprint and cut the miles travelled to obtain our foodstuffs.
“I am very pleased we are part of helping create this.”
The council recently declared a climate change emergency and set up a taskforce to help tackle the issue.
The glasshouse project is aimed at solving national issues of food security and agricultural reliance on fossil fuels by developing a solution that reduces CO2 emissions in food supply chains.
The development will be warmed using waste heat from the nearby Fornham Anglian Water recycling centre.
This was identified as a source of cheap energy due to the heat created by it, which is piped to the glasshouse site.
All the rainwater from the glasshouse roofs will be stored to be used later.
The Ingham glasshouse will provide 135 jobs. It is one of two being built by Greencoat Capital – the other is outside Norwich – and will be among the largest ever constructed in the country, with each covering more than 13 hectares.
The company believes it will be able to produce 12 per cent of the tomatoes grown in this country, with a yield of more than 20 tonnes of tomatoes every day.
Cllr Griffiths said: “This glasshouse project once again puts West Suffolk at the forefront of finding new green ways to produce food while reducing use of fossil fuels.”