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The Lea Valley Nursery Industry

Harris Digital Productions starts work on a film about the history of the Lea Valley Nursery Industry. From as early as the 18th century the Lea Valley was famed for its market gardens, producing plants, fruits and vegetables which were sold at London markets and beyond. The skill of many Lea Valley growers was to become legendary as they grew produce which rivalled the best in the world. Exploring... 

Cucumbers

For many years cucumbers have played an important role within the Lea Valley nurseries. The Rochford`s were experienced growers, with Tom II in particular cultivating considerable amounts during the Great War. When Joseph Rochford began his new life in Turnford in 1882 his only competition was one other market grower, a gentleman named Thomas Hamilton who grew cucumbers. Today cucumber production remains...