We are the designers and only suppliers of Polycrub. We are based in Northmavine, Shetland and are a successful social enterprise.

We are a trading arm of Northmavine Communty Development Company, a charity that works alongside local people to regenerate and develop Northmavine.

Like traditional businesses we aim to make a profit, but it’s what we do with our profits that sets us apart. We reinvest them in Northmavine to create positive social change by supporting community-based projects.

The ‘Polycrub’ concept began as an NCDC community project in 2008. Our community was keen to reduce food miles and grow more fresh produce locally.

Grant aid from the Climate Challenge Fund meant that we could build 12 community polytunnels in Northmavine. Each building was split into shared plots and almost 50 people in our community were able to grow undercover.

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We needed our growing spaces to be able to stand up to the Shetland weather so, before we began the project, we considered design ideas. We developed these to create a structure that would withstand our harsh climate.

We had been approached to find an alternative use for redundant equipment from the aquaculture industry which, at that time, was either being sent to landfill, or littering shorelines. We incorporated the waste materials in the design of our hoops and we covered these with thick polycarbonate that could survive the harsh winds that are a feature of the Islands.

Once our community growing project was complete, it attracted lots of interest from other community groups and individuals who wanted to buy our design. We branded the structures as the ‘Polycrub’ and we now sell them in kit form as far away as France and the Falklands.

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Polycrubs are now popular with individual growers who need a robust growing space. Many schools and community groups have been able to access grant funding for Polycrub growing projects. Crofters and farmers with plans for crofting diversification could also be eligible for funding support through the agricultural grants system.


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