Just three miles east of Chichester and easily accessed via the A27 Tangmere started life as a quiet, pretty village under the South Downs.

For many years almost the only activity the community knew was farming until the RAF decided the area was ideal for an airfield and within a decade it was totally transformed. In WW2 RAF Tangmere made a vital contribution to the Battle of Britain, the “D Day” invasion of Normandy and the “cloak and dagger” activities of the SOE. The RAF left in 1970 and the past fifty years have seen Tangmere’s rapid development into an attractive residential village.

There is economic activity too, there’s a growing business park and much of the old airfield is home to the UK’s largest dedicated pepper nursery, supplying sweet bell peppers to the country’s retailers and fresh produce markets.