A Scots business plans to radicalise farming by developing dozens of indoor vertical farms.
Edinburgh-based Shockingly Fresh is tapping into a multimillion-pound global trend by introducing sites which can grow up to five times the amount of greens as traditional farms.
They use hydroponic towers to grow multiple crop cycles of leafy veg, reducing the need for off-season imports. The indoor enclosed environment is said to mean fewer pesticides and cleaner crops.
Shockingly Fresh has secured the rights to one site in Scotland and four in England, covering 50 hectares.
Director Garth Bryans, said: “We believe our sites will enable British growers to compete on a level field.
“The hydroponics market is set for significant expansion in the years ahead, so there is plenty of room for a number of players to grow.
“With our system we can significantly extend the shoulder months and offset the need for early and late season imports – plus we can bring in heating to extend the season further if the market is there.”
The vertical farming market is expected to be worth £13billion by 2025.