UK ornamentals production, imports and exports rise in 2016

Defra figures show ornamental plant trade was up across the board last year.

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There were 176,482 ha allocated to ornamental plant and flower production in the UK in 2016, an increase of 4.9% on 2015 figures, according to new Defra figures.

UK ornamentals were worth £1.2 billion in 2016, an increase of 4.7% compared to 2015. This was the highest level ever, beating 2013 figures and being around £500m more than a decade ago.

The value of ornamental imports cost just below £1.2 billion, an 11% rise on 2015.

Exports of ornamentals were worth £66 million in 2016, a 20% increase on 2015.
The Netherlands accounted for 74% of imports, mainly indoor plants, chrysanthemums and roses.
Kenya accounted for 5.8% of imports, mainly cut roses and carnations.
Imports of cut flowers showed a 13% increase and bulbs a 6.4% increase.
Home produced vegetables were worth £1.3 billion in 2016, up 7.5% on 2015.

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