Growing Great Fruit
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Milena Kostandinova. - Office Administrator

From Burgas in Eastern Bulgaria

I graduated from High School with a General School Diploma and then studied at university where I graduated with a Bakalavar degree. more..

growing great fruit

 

At HHP we grow    

- Strawberries
- Raspberries
- Blackberries
- Blueberries
- Redcurrants 

 

Our strawberries and raspberries are available from April until December with the other fruit that we grow maturing in the key summer months. We choose varieties carefully and grow our fruit in such a way as to ensure that it is all of the top quality that our customers love to eat all summer long. 

We aim to grow our crops in fields that are rich in biodiversity with many predatory insects managing pests such as aphids for us. The segmentation of fields with hedges and beetle banks helps to support these communities and also makes the farms a nicer environment to work in. We also try and incorporate wild flower areas on the farms as well as woodland in order to support as wide a variety of birds and mammals in each field. Arable crops such as rye, mustard and green manure crops are also used in rotation and help maintain the fertility and biodiversity of the soil.  

The majority of our fruit is protected by polytunnels for at least part of it’s growing season. We use tunnels in order to provide them with the ideal growing environment and to protect the crop from rain damage. This enables us to reduce the amount of pesticides that we have to use by 60% which is in line with our environmental objectives. This method of growing also allows us to manage when crops are ready for the market, thus maintaining a continuity of supply for our customers.

 

More information about berries, together with fun facts and activities for children can be found at www.superberries.co.ukour fruit

 

We are fully accredited members of LEAF (Linking Environment and Farming). For more information about how farmers can care for the environment and biodiversity whilst running sustainable profitable farms please visit www.leafuk.org
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