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UK: Herefordshire nursery plans 70 more acres of pot plants

Allensmore Nurseries has applied for planning permission to turn four fields near Madley west of Hereford totaling 28.4 hectares (70 acres) into open-air growing beds, together with internal roadways, a 1.2-hectare reservoir plus three irrigation tanks, and “temporary, portable” cabins.

A network of drains and ditches would take excess rain and irrigation water to the reservoir for re-use, with plants including iris and bulrushes in the ditches removing excess fertilizer along the way.

“No fertilizer run-off will leave the site, a significant improvement on current arable farming practices,” Allensmore’s application says.

Existing hedgerows and trees around the nursery would be kept and expanded, while a proposed embankment on two sides will “provide further habitats” as well as retain any flood water. The impact on local traffic would be “low,” with a maximum of four articulated lorries per day in summer.


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