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Food of the future - the tomatoes growing in a greenhouse the size of 11 football pitches

The new farming technology will eventually produce tomatoes all year round. Credit: PA

Nature and science-based nuture is being used to grow hi-tech tomatoes all year round in a huge greenhouse in Suffolk.

To give it its proper title the 'hydroponics module airglasshouse' at the Blakenham Nursery site at Bramford near Ipswich covers the area of 11 football pitches.

It's the most technologically advanced farming of its kind in the UK.

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A carbon dioxide enriched air filter system, nutrient-enriched water, red LED lights and controlled summer-like conditions all help the plants grow at an optimum rate.

Each tomato plant will grow at 35cm per week eventually reaching up to 15 metres in height.

Hertfordshire-based Amberside Group has helped them raise £15 million for the project all from private individuals including many of the locals.

The new tomato-growing hydroponics greenhouse is the size of 11 football pitches. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The farming system uses hydroponics, which is a method of growing plants without soil using mineral nutrient solutions as a water solvent.

When fully developed, the establishment of this major project will help bring more than 150 new, local jobs to the area and provide locally-grown tomatoes for the UK market all year round.