The largest increases in area were in fruit, with orchards up 10.2 per cent to 25,800ha - though this figure includes non-commercial orchards. Strawberries were up 8.3 per cent in area and other small fruit up six per cent, while the area taken up by open-grown vegetable and salad crops rose by 5.6 per cent. But potatoes, counted separately, fell by 6.4 per cent over the same period, to stand at 131,000ha.
Also, the area of glasshouse production of fresh produce fell 3.8 per cent to just under 1,800ha, while the glasshouse area recorded as "not in use" on 1 June this year stood at 162ha - 27 per cent higher than at the same time last year.
The UK's total agricultural area has been broadly static since 2010, at just over 17 million hectares, with horticulture, including ornamental production, only accounting for around one per cent.