"Having enjoyed a varied career as both a grower and growing consultant, I believe that UK horticulture has entered a period of considerable investment," says Alan Frampton - Experienced grower & Head of Sales in the South of England for CambridgeHOK.
"It happens every ten to fifteen years when the conditions allow. Forty years ago, it was grants and high energy costs that drove investment. Thirty years ago, improved glasshouse design led to increased productivity and the start of automated mechanisation. Twenty years ago, companies developed large-scale production to meet multiple outlet demand."
Looking at some of the current trends in the industry, Alan also highlights vertical farming: "Although vertical farming is still in its infancy, there is no doubt it has a bright future. The improving technology will increasingly offer a lower-cost way to grow crops close to the market or in previously inhospitable climates.
"Obviously, some crops are unlikely be suited to it (avocados or bananas etc), but others will be – and it has a long-term future."