Why Buy A Polytunnel?

If you've ever driven past an allotment you'll often see a selection of polytunnels, some big, some small, some looking worse for wear and others standing strong year after year. The question is, do you need one too? and if so which one offers the best quality and value for money?

One of the biggest benefits of a polytunnel is mitigating the temperamental British weather and ensuring a consistent start to each season as well as ongoing temperature and weather protection. Your polytunnel should allow you to not only start growing earlier but also grow a wider variety of vegetables including varieties which usually require a hotter, more stable environment.

Another key benefit is that the tunnel offers ongoing protection for plants against storms and high winds, this may not be an issue on your plot but more exposed plots can often see high winds throughout the season - not ideal for younger plants.

How Do You Build A Polytunnel?

Thankfully, building a polytunnel does not need to be as hard as it looks. We've designed, and redesigned our tunnels over the years to ensure the best quality framework for the home grower market.

As with most build projects, the hardest bit is usually the preparation, ensuring your ground is well prepared, level and with the footprint marked out is key. We also advise having your trench dug around the footprint before the build, this allows you to fill the ground back in once the cover is on.

Our 3m tunnel is designed with a pop-and-click framework that should see the bulk of the work completed fairly quickly.
Our 6m tunnel has a robust bolt system due to the larger size - this task is better carried out by 2 people but once it's up it's up!

The covers represent the easy bit - once in place on the frame they simply need to be secured and then excess material buried around the edge.

Key Features To Look For In A Polytunnel

A strong frame - we would advise staying away from any type of plastic or lightweight metal frame, they can easily start to give way in strong winds and have a much shorter life expectancy. Our Polytunnel range is made from strong 25mm steel and depending on size will either click together or our larger 6m polytunnel will be bolted together.

Durable UV-protected cover - Our heavy-duty covers are UV protected, the seem work has had extra care taken with them to ensure their durability. We also ensure that our covers include enough skirts for you to comfortably dig in the excess around the tunnel - We advise staying away from any tunnel that does not provide this as it is a key factor in securing the cover against storms and high winds.

Say no to zips! - After experiencing our own frustrations year after year with weak and damaged zips we designed a tunnel that didn't need any! both our 3m and 6m polytunnel have their own swinging metal door which means you can easily access and secure your tunnel without messing around with zips!

Bracing Bars - An absolute essential to see your tunnel through winter - avoid any models that do not offer bracing bars, it suggests the supplier is happy to cut corners at the expense of your tunnel.

Benefits Of A 6m Polytunnel

The obvious benefits are that you will be able to grow a wider variety, with more success over a longer period. Which is the grower's dream right? The sturdy 6m polytunnel will provide warmth, protection and consistency for your plants from January right through to December.

We love helping customers work out which size is right for them and whether a polytunnel could benefit their allotment, so if you have any questions or want some more advice why not get in touch with us here?

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