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Earlier this year the UK was hit by a shortage of freshly grown fruit and vegetables, caused by adverse weather in Spain and Morocco, and Brexit.

 

The solution is for the UK to be more self-sufficient and “grow our own”. Working with GrowUp Farms Ltd, DHA has secured consent from Dover District Council for a 9,000 sqm extension to its existing vertical farm, Pepperness, which is located at Discovery Park, the former Pfizer pharmaceutical science and technology campus near Sandwich.

 

GrowUp will utilise the former brownfield site to expand its farming business by growing a salad crop on the comparable equivalent of 1,000 acres (more than 400 ha) of Grade I farmland. Utilising 95 percent less water than traditional salad farming, and without the need for pesticides, this development will deliver a lowcarbon boost to farming. Powered by
renewable energy it will support public demand for the availability of longerlasting salads all year round.

 

DHA is pleased to support the UK’s diverse agricultural and technology sectors, helping to realise innovation and put new ideas and practices into place.

  • Vertical farm at Discovery Park
  • 9,000 sqm extension
  • Powered by renewable energy 
  • Low carbon boost to farming 

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