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Report - Ditton Research Laboratory, Kent, March 2013

Discussion in 'Other Sites' started by Cracked, Mar 31, 2013.

  1. Cracked

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    The East Malling Research Station was established in 1913 on the impetus of local fruit growers. Over the years since it has conducted some of the most important research into perennial crops and has gained a worldwide reputation. Some of the more widely adopted developments have been achieved in the areas of fruit plant culture (especially the development of rootstocks), agronomy, fruit breeding, post-harvest storage and the biology and control of pests and diseases. Most of the original buildings are still in use today.
    In 1930 the Empire Marketing Board opened a research laboratory in Kiln Barn Road, Ditton, on a site adjacent to that of the Research Station. It was originally an annexe of Cambridge University’s Low Temperature Research Station and was charged with carrying out experiments on the transportation of fruit by sea across the world, in order to extend its life on the long journeys involved. In 1969 the laboratory was incorporated into the East Malling Research Station as part of its Fruit Storage Section. The buildings were abandoned about ten years ago and boarded up. The site is now considered a bio-hazard due to the chemical residues that had built up polluting the fabric of the building.

    Visited with Weeble. Sadly this place has seen better days and been rather chavved out. Saying that, there was some lovely pipey goodness and even an (Easter) egg!

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    As promised an (Easter) egg, complete with wire nest.
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    Thanks for looking.
     

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