Top of the Crops: Students compete in food growing challenge

Top of the Crops: Students compete in food growing challenge

The students visited the nursery earlier in the year in order to find out more about the scientific techniques and the challenges involved in growing food crops. Tangmere Airfield Nurseries manager, Mark Knight explains: “The idea for setting up the growing competition is to support the curriculum and help the students to understand the components of good plant growth – sunlight, temperature,… read more

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Raising money for Red Nose Day

Raising money for Red Nose Day

Colleagues from Tangmere Airfield Nurseries embraced Red Nose Day once more this year, dressing in red and taking part in a tasty cake sale in support of Comic Relief. It was also an eventful break time for staff, who put their best running shoes on and joined in the first Pepper-and-Spoon Race on the old airfield. Anyone wearing red was asked to donate £1 and lots of delicious cake kept the… read more

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Celebrating Apprenticeship Success

Celebrating Apprenticeship Success

You may be surprised to find that Production (Commercial) Horticulture offers a broad and diverse range of jobs and opportunities for career development. It’s a significant industry within our region and is forecast to grow due to the increase in demand for fresh produce. Henry, aged 19, is an IT and Automation Apprentice working at Tangmere Airfield Nurseries and is studying towards an IT Level… read more

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Working with nature

Working with nature

In amongst our rows of pepper plants, there are millions of small but hugely significant insects and mites hard at work - 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Without these, we simply would not get the peppers! How insect workers help protect our crops Sweet peppers grown in glasshouses are at risk to a wide range of pests that feed on the leaves or fruits and are attracted to the warm, humid conditions.… read more

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A level biology students visit Tangmere

A level biology students visit Tangmere

18 A-level biology students from St Philip Howard School swapped their classroom to spend the afternoon in a unique learning environment; a 10.5ha pepper glasshouse. The purpose of the visit was to illustrate key concepts through real-life examples and discover how environmental factors can affect a plant’s rate of photosynthesis. The science of growing food Listening to a talk by Crops Manager,… read more

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Tangmere supports student research in crop protection

Tangmere supports student research in crop protection

Sara King, who studies BSc (Hons) Agriculture with Crop Management at Harper Adams University will be investigating how best to control aphid in food crops. Mark Knight Technical Crops Manager for Tangmere said: “Aphid is a common pest that threatens our pepper crops. We are delighted to support Sara with the plants needed for her research and to improve knowledge of how we respond to pest problems.”… read more

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