In the English town of Buxton, in the North Midlands, has a hidden asset that has recently been put to good use.
In the English town of Buxton, in the North Midlands, has a hidden asset that has recently been put to good use. It is an underground network of limestone caves and they are being used to store cheese.
SYNOPSIS: Buxton, a small market town in Derbyshire, is renowned for its health spa - not its cheeses.
But now, thanks to a series of caverns nearby cheese is becoming big business in the town. The underground storage chambers provide ideal, natural conditions fro cheese. Humidity and temperature in the caves vary only fractionally.
Years ago the caves were used by the Air Ministry to store bombs and ammunition. Then, when the Air Ministry moved out, businessmen moved into convert the caves into Europes largest mushroom farm.
The mushroom farm closed two years ago and two local cheese dealers decided to buy the caves. Now about 5,000 tons of cheese from all over Europe is stored there. The caves could hold up to 30,000 tons.
The cheese is kept until needed for distribution on the British market. One of the owners, David Birt, explains why the caves are so useful.