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28 March 2023

Can I have a foil- or hailnetsystem over my orchard?

Can I have a foil- or hailnetsystem over my orchard?

One of the first questions that comes to mind when exploring options for fruit canopies is, "Can a system be installed on my plot?" Often, the answer is: yes! Yet there are a number of factors that can influence that answer. We'd like to list these for you.

1. Permit application for canopy at local authority

In areas where there are many hail net and foil canopies, the local authority is often well aware of what a fruit canopy is and what it looks like. In regions where this is not or hardly the case, local authorities often first want to know well what a fruit canopy entails and whether it has much impact on the environment. In the Netherlands, the document of FruitPact (Read more) is very helpful in getting the application right as soon as possible. Importantly for municipalities, they want to know what it entails. FruitSecurity Holland has helped many local authorities visualise this through photos, drawings and videos. But, sometimes we have the fire department on the phone about how fire-safe it is, and the next time something completely different.

2. Pipes, electricity pylons and cable operators on the plot

If there are many pipes, cables and so on on your plot, getting a permit always takes a bit longer. NEN standards often have to be met. Not sure if there are pipes, etc. running through your plot? Often this can be easily seen while making the GPS drawing. Read here the story of Martijn Slabbekoorn who had 3 different pipes running on his plot!

Hail nets

3. Size of the plot

A canopy can (if all goes well with points 1 and 2) be placed anywhere. Nevertheless, the size of the plot is also an important factor. The larger the plot, the more advantageous the price. Do you have a very small plot? Then it is not always cost-effective.

4. Situation on the plot

Hilly plots and plots with enormously hard soil need extra anchoring and reinforcement. This makes the system more expensive. This is so that the system is built as powerfully as possible and the system can last for decades to come.

Why do install a canopy on your plot?

Besides these factor it could not be done, the government also gives opportunities that it could be done, and regularly goverment funds are available for fruit canopies.

It is usually possible to install a canopy on plots. Still in doubt? Then request a GPS measurement so we can discuss the options for your plot with you!

Wilbert Hendriksen    

Wilbert Hendriksen

Productspecialist fruitprotection

My mission and duty is to help as many fruit growers as possible get a good harvest.

So that fruit damage can be prevented, no delivery problems occur

and that fruit growers can harvest successfully!