A ribbon-cutting ceremony has celebrated the completion of the £110,000 major upgrade to the greenhouses at the West Park nursery complex in Long Eaton.
The project to upgrade the four glass houses started in September and saw the demolition of three greenhouses that were no longer fit for purpose. These have been replaced with modern aluminium structures which contain more up-to-date heating, lighting and ventilation systems. A fourth has been refurbished.
The new glass houses will save the council money on maintenance and heating costs – and in a further money-saving move, the modern structures are recycled, nearly-new greenhouses that were sourced in Holland and reconstructed on the Erewash site.
Thousands of plants are grown at West Park Nursery by the council’s park teams every year for displays across the borough, including the award winning summertime blooms. In addition, the complex hosts visits by schoolchildren in the borough and offers tips on planting to residents involved in community bloom groups.
Councillor Mike Wallis, Lead Member for Culture and Leisure at Erewash Borough Council, says:
“The greenhouses are essential as this is where the colourful plants and flowers are grown that brighten up the borough and bring a feelgood factor to our towns. Our displays win awards and are extremely popular with residents and visitors, so this cost-effective investment means we can continue and expand our work.”
It is hoped the all-new layout and improved facilities will enable the council to extend its educational work with schools and the local village groups involved with the East Midlands in Bloom competition.