THE Bridge Street greenhouse is on its last legs with a large digger munching the building from one end. Photos Sven Carlsson OB4586-01

A LARGE greenhouse that once supplied Opotiki stores with a variety of vegetables is being demolished this week.

Kerry Oats said the Bridge Street greenhouse was at least 30 years old.

“I took it over about 13 years ago, but I haven’t been growing anything there for the past seven or eight years,” he said.

Produce being stolen and the challenge of keeping up with the maintenance as a one-man band had rendered the organic growing operation unviable.

“I used horse manure as the fertiliser and I used to sell to all the shops,” Mr Oats said.

“The greenhouse used to contain cauliflower, broccoli, cabbages and 130 tomato plants.”