G F Suffolk
The Greenwell Estate and Farms are situated on the east coast near to the Suffolk town of Woodbridge. The coastal location of the farms gives a climatic advantage as they are relatively frost-free in early spring and late autumn, allowing early and late season vegetable production. The farms are managed by Velcourt Ltd.
The farms can be split into three distinct soil types: 161ha silty clay loam (sugar beet, legumes and wheat), 957ha sandy loam to loamy sand and 108ha sand (onions, potatoes, sugar beet, carrots, parsnips and cereals).
190 hectares of onions are produced, of which 35 ha of early sets and 140 ha of main crop bulb onions are also grown. Onion storage facilities enable the farm to store over 3,600 tons of onions for late season usage.
The farms are home to a wide range of plants and wildlife, including fallow and muntjac deer, grey partridge, and coastal wading birds and wildfowl. All environmental habitats on the Estate are maintained and developed to protect and, where possible, enhance biodiversity and wildlife.