UK: Future of daffodil farm saved as workers allowed to live on site

N J McWilliam & Co has been suffering from a dearth of local workers in recent years, and has hired an increasing number of staff from overseas to help at Haughhead Farm near Laurencekirk.

The employees have been staying in accommodation across Angus, which bosses of the 130-year-old company say is not a situation that can be maintained in the long term.

Without being able to put caravans on the site, which would be near daffodil fields, its future of sending cut flowers to supermarkets across Europe and even the USA was at risk.

Aberdeenshire Council granted planning permission with a few minor caveats, including that the accommodation shall only be occupied on a “temporary basis” and only between March and August.

It is hoped that the decision will enhance efficiency at the site, and reduce its carbon footprint by cutting down on the use of vehicles.

Read more at The Press and Journal (Kirsten Robertson)

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