Farmers buy Whaplode site

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ONE of South Holland’s farm giants, Lincolnshire Field Products Ltd, has bought the former DA Green and Sons site at Whaplode for an undisclosed sum.

ONE of South Holland’s farm giants, Lincolnshire Field Products Ltd, has bought the former DA Green and Sons site at Whaplode for an undisclosed sum.

Whaplode firm Green’s went into administration last October and joint administrators put a £1.5million price tag on its ten-acre main site at High Road.

LFP financial director Aubrey Day said: “We paid less than the guide price.”

Mr Day said the Whaplode site lies at the heart of LFP’s farming operations, which stretch from Sutton Bridge to Quadring Fen and from Swineshead to Cowbit.

The company plans to create chilled storage on the Green’s site for 4,600 tonnes of produce, chiefly potatoes and white cabbage, and use other areas for ambient storage. It may also store some farm machines there.

Mr Day said: “We are very pleased and excited about it.

“It’s ideally located and an opportunity we felt that we didn’t want to miss.

“It’s obviously better to have a site in operation than allowing it to remain empty with weeds growing out of the guttering.”

Work on the chilled store is expected to start in two or three months’ time.

The site has a number of interconnecting and stand-alone industrial buildings

LFP has its head office at Wool Hall Farm, Wykeham, Spalding, and has a 140-strong workforce and additionally employs between 150 and 250 agency staff.

Mr Day said the site acquisition will not lead to an expansion of LFP in the short-term but offers the company potential to do that in future years.

More than 100 people at DA Green and Son lost their jobs when the company went into administration – some had worked there for more than 30 years.

The company specialised in steelwork projects and worked on contracts for Heathrow Approach, Trent Bridge, Harlequins rugby ground and Loughborough University.