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Food group plans UK’s largest ‘vertical farm’ in Newmarket

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Plans have been unveiled to build the UK’s largest indoor ‘vertical farm’ on a disused warehouse site in Newmarket which will be able to grow up to 415 tonnes of food for local people annually. Construction on a first phase involving up to 6,400 sq of growing area in nine-metre-high growth towers will start later this year. A second phase of the private and publicly funded scheme is planned to increase capacity to 13,000 sq m and production to over 1,000 tonnes of crops pa.  Food producer OneFarm will work with indoor agritech specialist, IGS as well as Suffolk County Council and New Anglia LEP with funds raised through Abundance Investment. The farm is expected to be fully operational in early 2023 as the first of 25 vertical farm hubs OneFarm envisages across the UK. It will grow a range of herbs and salads on-demand to avoid waste and unnecessary harvesting and agreements are in place to supply retailers. Iain Dunnett, senior growing places fund coordinator at New Anglia LEP, said: “The LEP recognises that OneFarm’s Newmarket development will make a significant contribution to our clean growth ambitions for the Eastern region of the UK. The LEP is fully supportive of the farm business, a highly innovative development for the important agritech sector. The farm will contribute to the world-leading science and research base that exists in the East of England in relation to sustainable food production, land use and climate resilience.”

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 10 May 2022 08:06 )