Erewash Borough Council is to upgrade its West Park Nursery complex at Long Eaton by replacing some of the oldest glass houses.
A £110,000 investment will see four greenhouses replaced with modern aluminium structures, which will include modernising the heating, lighting and ventilations systems.
The nursery complex is used by the council’s parks teams to grow thousands of plants every year for displays across the borough, with the quality of the work being key in the gold-medal winning success over the years in the East Midlands in Bloom competition.
Demolition of the old glasshouses is due to start shortly followed by the installation of the new greenhouses, with the work expected to be completed by the end March next year.
The cost-effective project will see the council buy recycled/second hand aluminium greenhouses. The use of the newer modern structures with appropriate heating will cut the maintenance costs - the structures being replaced are around 30 years old, suffering extensively from wet rot and at risk of collapsing.
Councillor Mike Wallis, Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
“Erewash is known for its floral displays and the council receives compliments every year on the positive impact and feelgood factor they provide. So it is right that we now replace the four glasshouses that have reached the end of their life and that we do it in the most cost effective way possible.”
The nursery complex has for many years been able to offer modern apprenticeships and staff work with schools and groups on community projects – ranging from helping Ilkeston’s Chaucer Junior School grow plants for Chelsea Flower Show to supporting local entrants in the East Midlands in Bloom competition.