In fact this is the largest concentration of greenhouses in the world, and provides much of the fruit and vegetables that adorn your plate and lunchboxes on a daily basis. Remarkably this area of southern Spain, or Andalucía as it is known – is borderline desert. Remember all those Spaghetti Westerns filmed in the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s? These were all filmed in this arid corner of Spain. Admittedly, this kind of destroys the mystique surrounding these films, but also emphasises just how dry and parched this area actually is.
Amazingly, only 35 years ago, only a few hardy herds grazed in this area which averages only about 200mm of rainfall per year. Now greenhouses cover almost 40,000 hectares, housing fruit production and intensive vegetable production. In total, Spain has 100,000 hectares of greenhouses – over ten times the number that France possesses.
Robin Parker, head of Sales and Marketing at Gabriel Ash, bespoke greenhouse designers and manufacturers says:
“This just goes to show what can be achieved with the help of the humble greenhouse … The technology far surpasses that which was used in the past. We have captured the spirit and essence of this ambitious enterprise, and brought it into the home.”
Whilst Britain is hardly a desert, climate change is bringing its own challenges. Violent and more extreme weather is becoming the norm, whether it is cold snaps, intense heat or year round flooding. The greenhouse is becoming an increasingly important tool in producing a stable environment for our crops. Now is the time to invest!