Fall in orchard and strawberry area outweighed by other crops, figures show

The total area of horticultural crops grown in the UK this year increased by 3.4% to 167,000 hectares, according to provisional data published by Defra today (12 October).

Image: HW
Image: HW

Vegetables and salads for human consumption, which make up the majority (70%) of this area, increased by 4.0% to 117,000 hectares in 2017.

The total open-grown area, including polytunnels, rose slightly to 152,000ha, though this was still below 2015's figure.

The area of strawberries dropped back 6%, but this was more than made up for by a 14% rise in area for other soft fruit. Orchards also dipped in area by 3%.

The area of glasshouse fresh produce growing rose by 2.5% to 2,106ha this year.

Production horticulture occupies around 3% of the UK's 17.5 million hectares of farmland, which covers 72% of all UK land.


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