About Us

Let’s start with who we are. That’s easy. We’re a close-knit bunch of skilled professionals who take an enormous pride in the quality and versatility of our products, But we’re enthusiasts too. We use our own products, and that means we’ve introduced lots of improvements and innovations over the years…based on first-hand everyday practical experience. We work hand-in hand with top growing expert and advisor Paul Peacock. We even have our own allotment for some seriously hands-on gardening (often accompanied by communal summer and winter barbecues because all work and no play would be very dull!)

The place

Home is the tiny Lancashire village of Barrowford which lies in the shadow of Pendle Hill (of Pendle Witches fame), nestling between the old Victorian mill towns of Nelson and Colne. Should you come to visit, we’re easy to find just off Junction 13 on the M65. As well as the team you’ll find bending machines, tool swagers, punching and tube forming equipment, sawing machines, metalwork facilities…in fact everything we need to manufacture - in house - and to guarantee the highest possible quality, at the best possible price.

The customers

We’ve been established for quite a few years and built up a huge list of happy clients. But our order books don’t just feature amateur gardeners and commercial growers. We also supply major government organisations, HM Prisons, NHS Trusts and lots and lots of schools. Then there are the ‘celebs’, like Gardener’s World stars Alan Titchmarsh and Bob Flowerdew, and River Cottage chef Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall.

The technical bit

Our polytunnels are actually sectional buildings...which basically means growers can choose the ideal profile and size to create their ideal crop-growing environment (our up-to-the-minute designs feature straight sides which are a huge improvement on old-style elliptical tunnels, significantly improving side clearance and shoulder room). For the hoops we use large diameter, high tensile steel tube, manufactured for us in Europe. They're galvanised inside and out for maximum corrosion resistance and have a much higher bending resistance too than standard mild steel. So they're seriously strong! Unique to us, we can supply hoops as either a 2 or 4 piece section. For even more strength and stability, and improved anchorage, 'swage joints' are used (a techie term meaning the tube end is reduced in diameter so tubes can be sleeved together, quickly and at low cost). Last, but not least, we space these hoops close together...another strengthening feature which also has the advantage of reducing unsightly polythene 'sag' while maximising headroom. That's about it. Anything else you need to know that you can't find on this site just contact us.

 

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About First Tunnels

We’re a close-knit bunch of skilled professionals who take an enormous pride in the quality and versatility of our products, But we’re enthusiasts too - we use our own products, and that means we’ve introduced lots of improvements and innovations over the years…based on first-hand everyday practical experience. We work hand-in hand with top growing experts. We even have our own allotment for some seriously hands-on gardening, often accompanied by communal summer and winter barbecues because all work and no play would be very dull!

Polytunnel Community

Reviewed by you, Followed by you, Liked by you and listened to by us. We have a strong online polytunnel community, 35k Facebook Fans, 10k Twitter Followers and over 3m YouTube Views. Our community of dedicated, passionate Polytunnel gardening friends, love to share their sowing tips, growing hints and harvesting secrets with each other. But more importantly for you, as a customer or a potential customer, you can post your comments in all their glory or gory details. Come and join the Polytunnel family.

Construction Help & Advice

Our six man construction team has a wealth of polytunnel construction knowledge and are more than happy to share tips and advice with any of our customers. Many of the team have been quite literally 'hands on' developing the First Tunnels vast array of construction videos and in depth instruction guides. Our construction team are available to answer your questions and help in whatever way they can. Simply call 01282 601253 on week days between 9am-5pm...PLUS weekend cover on 07801 601253, between 9am-5pm.

Frequently Asked Questions

We are proud of our products and the time that we have put in to making sure that all our products are first class. We understand that purchasing a polytunnel is a considerable investment, and whilst we have lots of help and advice on this site, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and blog pages many people like to compare and contrast before they commit their hard earned cash to buying. To this end we have compiled a list of the most common questions and provide 10 top reasons why First Tunnels Polytunnels is the top choice.

Getting Growing

Part of the fun of owning a polytunnel is picking the brains of people who really know how to make the most of the real growing potential. So we're making it easy for you...with some of the best brains in the business! This site now includes features, produced exclusively for First Tunnels by Andy McKee and Mark Gatter - best-selling authors of 'How to grow food in your Polytunnel' and 'The Polytunnel Handbook'. We also have videos from BBC’s Gardeners’ Question Time presenter, Paul Peacock. We also have a host of growing guides from Sam Youd, presenter & judge for the Royal Horticultural Society & Tatton Park Head Gardener.

Other Useful Stuff

What better way to learn about company dependability, product quality and customer service than to hear it straight from other consumers? By giving customers the opportunity to share their First Tunnels shopping experience, we believe this is the best reflection of our companies’ product and service. To help reinforce credibility, popularity and reputation, we have subscribed to not one, not two...but THREE independent review companies. We value all feedback, good, bad or ugly and hope to build a long lasting relationship with our customer, through our high quality products and friendly service, to ensure they do not hesitate to order again and again with First Tunnels in the future.