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SamBevingtonSamBevington NW StaffordshirePosts: 133
I purchase a large number of wholesale plug plants, both bedding and perennials which I pass on to neighbour's, family and friends- usually in exchange for a bottle of wine/Gin! Due to recent redundancy I'm looking to expand this. I have a half acre of flat lawn at the bottom of my plot, south facing. I would like a polytunnel down there. I am reluctant to purchase a commercial one as we will be relocating in the next year/18 months. Advice please?

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  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 27,620
    Wait?  It's only one or two growing seasons and who knows what space and facilities there'll be at the new place?   You may not need or have room for a new polytunnel.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • SamBevingtonSamBevington NW StaffordshirePosts: 133
    Can't help my right hand from clicking on the jewels on offer , itching to get dibbing and dobbing again, even though it kills my back! Hopefully the Dordogne will have room for everything......
  • raisingirlraisingirl East Devon, on the Edge of Exmoor.Posts: 5,569
    1. Get the biggest one you can afford. 2. get one with ground anchors and rails so it's easy to take the cover off and dismantle. You can build it with different 'feet' in its new location if you need to.

    Or wait
    “Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong. No matter how fast light travels, it finds the darkness has always got there first” 
  • SamBevingtonSamBevington NW StaffordshirePosts: 133
    Any recommendations?
  • SkandiSkandi Northern DenmarkPosts: 1,454
    You can fix them in many different ways and they all unbolt and can be moved fairly easily, the only down side will be that you will probably need new plastic as it doesn't like to be removed. If you don't need it up for the winter you could look at caterpillar tunnels, they are made to be moved so everything including the plastic comes apart and back up again easily.
  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 27,620
    Checkout prices in France first!   Ours is 8m x 4m and cost about 1000€ delivered on pallets.  Easy to erect and included all the supports, plastic sheet, doors either end a green mesh net for shading in summer and clear instructions from "serre en directe".

    If you take one with you you'll need to factor in dismantling, packing and transport costs plus customs checks and re-erection.

    I take it you have checked the post Brexit rules for Brits moving to France. 
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • SamBevingtonSamBevington NW StaffordshirePosts: 133
    @Oblexix, only the finances. We will be mortgage free with substansial savings. Pension 14k now at 56 with growth at 60, 65 and 67. Is this ok? OH is cabinet maker and I hope to work. We're also looking at buying established B &Bs or Gites, I 'm not adverse to changing beds/cleaning!
  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 27,620
    edited January 2021
    You will be third nation immigrants now.  There are rules!  You can't just turn up and hope to be welcome or legal or allowed to work.

    Do some research before you sell up.  Plenty of info on both UK and French government websites.  
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • SamBevingtonSamBevington NW StaffordshirePosts: 133
    Thanks, our 500k should be welcome by the French estates agents and government 
  • raisingirlraisingirl East Devon, on the Edge of Exmoor.Posts: 5,569
    Possibly, but you will have to apply for a visa if you want to stay for more than 3 months and/or if you want to work in France.

    “Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong. No matter how fast light travels, it finds the darkness has always got there first” 
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