Production value of UK nursery stock continues to rise, international statistics show

International trade bodies AIPH/Union Fleurs has released volume 64 of its international statistics, detailing the production worldwide of flowers and plants for 2016.

The volume shows that the production value of UK nursery stock for 2015 was 1.463bn euros - up from 1.447bn euros in 2014, and 1.028bn euros in 2008, using Eurostat figures.

Flowers and bulbs in the open was worth 62m euros - up from 52m euros in 2014 (source NFU). The UK area in hectares of flowers and bulbs grown in the open was 6,800ha - up from 5,800ha in 2013.

The area for flowers and plants grown under protection was 529m ha according to UK Government statistics.

Within England, flowers and plants, and flowers and bulbs grown in the open covered 6,182ha in 2016 and in 2015 5,253 ha.

Hardy nursery stock covered 2,833ha in 2016 and in 2015 2,747ha. Perennial herbaceous covered 354ha and 398ha respectively.

Christmas trees was grown on 1,897ha in 2016 and 1,890ha in 2015, according to UK Government statistics.

Ornamental plants grown in the open in hectares 2008 Defra figures:

Bulbs:

  • Narcussis 4,377ha
  • Gladioli 234
  • Other 64

Cut flowers in the open

  • Carnations/pinks 56ha
  • Chrysanthemums 16ha
  • Dried flowers 25ha
  • Others 413ha
  • HNS 8,849ha (2005/06) Defra survey)

Exports: cut flowers 27,747,000 euros (2015)

  • Live plants 20,570 euros
  • Bulbs 6,497 euros
  • Cut foliage 1,189 euros
  • Total exports 56,003,000 euros

Imports cut flowers 739,794,000 euros

  • Live plants 286,246,000 euros
  • Bulbs 85,287,000 euros
  • Foliage 42,991,000 euros
  • Overall 1,154,418,000 euros

Top exporters to UK:

  • Netherland 843,765,000 euros
  • Kenya 71,515,000 euros
  • Colombia 57,183,000 euros
  • Belgium 31,940,000 euros
  • Germany 30,807,000 euros
  • Italy 21,066,000 euros
  • Soain 11,861,000 euros
  • South Africa 11,362,000 euros
  • France 8,428,000 euros
  • Ireland 7,40,000 euros
  • Others 58,750,000 euros
  • Overall 1,154,418,000 euros

Top importers from UK:

  • Ireland 24,586,000 euros
  • Netherlands 18,316,000 euros
  • US 2,799,000 euros
  • Germany 1,957,000 euros
  • Denmark 1,449,000 euros
  • Overall: 56,003,000 euros

Source: Eurostat


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