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Large Greenhouses
« on: February 04, 2020, 08:08:23 »
Morning all,
We have been clearing away an old wooden greenhouse, that had been neglected and was in a dangerous condition, but have been raising funds to replace it with an aluminium type. Do any of you have any experience in sourcing a large greenhouse.. our base is 12 Meters by 4.2. Or have any advice / pitfalls to avoid?

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Large Greenhouses
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Re: Large Greenhouses
« Reply #1 on: February 04, 2020, 08:49:31 »
That sounds like it will be very expensive, even second hand.  Have you thought about a good polytunnel?  Ours is 8m x 4m, has a good, soild framework, doors at either end and a green net for summer protection against strong sunlight.   

If you do find a second hand one, photograph it in detail and mark each piece of metal clearly before you dismantle it.   We did this with just a 3 x 2 about 20 years ago and it made rebuilding a lot easier.
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Re: Large Greenhouses
« Reply #2 on: February 04, 2020, 10:06:58 »
I assume this is a community green house. I would personally replace it with a poly tunnel. Erected properly they are bomb proof and the cover lasts a really long time. Two of use erected a 15x4 in less than a day. Replacing a green house of that size is going to be a mission because of the amount of stress points if not properly levelled. It is really a job for green house erectors, that way any breakages will be covered by them. Grants are available get your begging bowl out for being sustainable, multicultural, green etc

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Re: Large Greenhouses
« Reply #3 on: February 04, 2020, 11:49:33 »
We have a committee looking at it... so that should slow it down considerably, we are certainly keen on the polytunnel option. It will depend on if it becomes a Prestige/Vanity Project. I will be certainly brushing up on my "key words" ready to play Jargon Bingo in the meetings...

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Re: Large Greenhouses
« Reply #4 on: February 04, 2020, 15:10:05 »
This is how I laid out our communal tunnel, then after this was completed  we had the skin replaced

The beds were then offered to plot holders at a nominal rent.

As there were 10 beds in the tunnel we charged 10% of the plot rental  for a bed and rounded it up to the nearest £1

Plot rental then was around £13 so a bed worked out at £2 each p.a.

The money accrued was placed in a bank account to pay for any future maintenance.

BTW the plot that the tunnel sat on was supplied free by the Council, hence the monies going to a fund.


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Re: Large Greenhouses
« Reply #5 on: February 05, 2020, 07:22:06 »
Very impressive.

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Re: Large Greenhouses
« Reply #6 on: February 05, 2020, 08:12:38 »
We have a large greenhouse at home from Robinsons it's been up for about 15 or more  years. Betty also sourced one for Walsall Road site.
If you decide to go down that route it's got advantages and disadvantages over polytunnels.









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Re: Large Greenhouses
« Reply #7 on: February 05, 2020, 11:48:59 »
I do like the look of them... but at our size we are looking at @£12-15,000.... so it becomes a funding issue...

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Re: Large Greenhouses
« Reply #8 on: February 05, 2020, 12:07:43 »
Our 8 x 4m polytunnel cost just under 800€, delivery included.  OH erected it on his own.
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Re: Large Greenhouses
« Reply #9 on: February 05, 2020, 16:33:32 »
A poly tunnel would be much cheaper... but we have set our collective hearts on a real greenhouse... vanity, vanity....

 

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