May 9, 2013 3:10 pm

Over the past 16 years we have carried out our protected crop variety trials at our Ockham site in Surrey. However due to recent developments and strong interest from our commercial customers, along with Dr Richard Binks from FreshTec we will be conducting our 2013 tomato, sweet and chilli pepper trials at Writtle College in Essex. The trial will take place on Wednesday 11th and Thursday 12th September 2013.

Established in 1893, Writtle College has been producing leaders in the land-based industries and organisations for over 110 years. Writtle is one of the oldest and largest specialist institutes in the UK and offers a range of courses in Animal and Equine Sciences, Conservation, Horticuture, Agriculture, Floristry and Sport. Coupled to this Writtle College is one of the worlds leading centres for post harvest research and consultancy.

Trials will be conducted in the Research and Development greenhouse at Writtle. This facility will for the first time enable us to fully challenge new varieties of tomatoes and peppers. This will be achieved by replicating the growing conditions in commercial greenhouses i.e. controlled heating and ventilation. Our protected crop team along with students from Writtle college will assist in assessing varieties for key attributes such as flavour, yield and disease resistance. During the season the college will also play host to key grower visits as well as visits from our retail customers and seed supply partners.