Neighbours of Varfell Farm near Penzance say they have made complaints

UK: Concern over daffodil farm's plan for caravans for 400 migrant workers

Hundreds of migrant workers are to be housed in static caravans at a farm because of the combined effects of Covid-19 and Brexit.

Varfell Farm has written to neighbours to tell them that the static caravans being put in place on site will accommodate 400 workers needed to harvest daffodils during December.

The agri-business, previously known as Greenyard Flowers, employs 50 permanent year-round staff but that figure grows to up to 650 during the harvest period with many pickers being migrant workers from Eastern Europe.

In his letter to residents, Simon Gardner, the director of the farm near Gulval, said that under pre-coronavirus ‘normal’ circumstances, the extra pickers would be accommodated on the farm as well as in local holiday parks, surfers’ lodges and campsites, but the pandemic had forced the business to invest in the temporary accommodation on site.

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