Siting your Garden Tunnel

Light and Shelter

You need as much light as possible so do not site Garden Tunnel directly under trees and hedges. Apart from shading your polytunnel, leaves will get onto the plastic covers and allow mould and lichen to take hold. If possible choose a south facing slope to maximise light levels. 

A good sheltered site is valuable especially to protect the polytunnel from strong winds. The diagram below illustrates the value of windbreaks to reduce the speed of wind and provide natural shelter for your polytunnnel. 

Wind behaves like water. This means that if the wind is forced through narrower gap it will dramatically pick up speed. Therefore try to avoid siting the structure directly in front of a gate way or a gap in the hedge where the wind will be forced to accelerate.

Land Topography

Garden Tunnels are much more forgiving than a glasshouse and can be safely position on gently sloping land. There is no need for the ground to be levelled or paved first. The only important point is that if the ground has a slope it must be a consistent slope and not undulating.

Orientation

There is often much discussion on whether polytunnels should run North to South or East to West. In reality as long as the Garden Tunnel is not positioned on a severe North facing slopes then the orientation is not critical.