Slight increase last year in UK's horticultural area

The area planted with horticultural crops increased slightly last year to stand at 163,515 hectares, even as the total area of crop growing fell by 0.5 per cent, new Defra figures show.

Glasshouse horticulture showed a 1.5 per cent rise in area last year - image: HW
Glasshouse horticulture showed a 1.5 per cent rise in area last year - image: HW

The figures for individual sectors were

  • vegetables grown outdoors: 116,112 ha, up 0.2 per cent;
  • orchard fruit: 23,437 ha, up 0.2 per cent;
  • soft fruit & wine grapes: 9,376 ha, down 2.1 per cent;
  • outdoor plants and flowers: 11,996 ha, up 0.9 per cent;
  • glasshouse crops: 2,594 ha, up 1.5 per cent.

Over 85 per cent of the UK's horticultural area lies in England, with Scotland making up 12 per cent, Northern Ireland 2 per cent, and Wales just 1 per cent.


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