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Polycrubs travel 8,000 miles to Falkland Islands

Shetland's polycrubs are a common sight locally, but now they've made their way to the Falkland Islands. Photo courtesy of Polycrub

SHETLAND’s hardy polycrubs have almost swapped 60 degrees north for 60 degrees south after two kits were shipped off to the Falkland Islands.

The materials for the polytunnels left Shetland in early May, but they only arrived at their destination on 5 July after an 8,000 mile trip before eventually being delivered to the customer.

Ollaberry based Polycrub has previously only sold kits to the likes of Orkney, the Hebrides and the west of Scotland.

Polycrub’s Maree Hay said the reason why the journey took so long was partly due to a delay in a ship sailing from England to the Falklands.

“The polycrubs left us in early May and headed to Epping,” she said.

“The ship left Hampshire in early June and was due in the Falklands a month later. Bad weather meant there was a delay, so the journey took slightly longer than expected. The journey has been more than 8,000 miles.”

They are made out of reused salmon farm piping and twin-wall polycarbonate to ensure they stand up to Shetland’s elements.

All profits from sales of the kits go back into parent organisation Northmavine Community Development Company to benefit the local community.