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UK: Boxford Farms Ltd acquires strawberry grower Wallings Nursery Ltd

Boxford (Suffolk) Farms Ltd is a third generation family business that operates in the Dedham Vale and Stour Valley. It is based at Boxford near Sudbury. Now, Boxford Farms Ltd has acquired Wallings Nursery Ltd, for an undisclosed sum. In essence, the fruit growing business on the Suffolk/Essex border has bought up the neighbouring nursery to create six hectares of glasshouse production.

Boxford, an £11.8 mln turnover business employing 30 permanent and 260 seasonal workers, grows 160 tonnes of raspberries, as well as blueberries, 40 varieties of apple, morello cherries, strawberries, rhubarb and asparagus.

The Boxford Group of companies –which includes Boxford Farms, Peake Fruit and Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf & Spa– was founded by Devora Peake and husband Bill. Second generation siblings Jonathan, Susanna, Tamara and Carmella, and third generation Robert Rendall are actively involved in running the businesses which employ 
up to 450 staff.

Image: Wallings Nursery 

Wallings Nursery Ltd, established in 1999, produces glasshouse strawberries exclusively for Sainsburys via Berry Gardens. The company has a £1.7 mln turnover and has garnered awards for growing and innovation.

Group director Robert Rendall said the combination of the two neighbouring businesses takes Boxford Farming to more than six hectares of glasshouse production, with planning permission for a further two hectares.

He told “This is in addition to our tunnelled soft fruit and netted orchard fruit crops. We are so excited about the future growth opportunities that this opens up for both businesses through combined projects.”

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