Such crops account for 71 per cent of the 163,000ha given over to horticultural crops in total. The areas of orchards, hardy nursery stock and glasshouse crops also showed slight falls, while soft fruit rose nearly 3 per cent, to almost 10,000ha.
Potatoes, reckoned separately in the figures, also showed a 6 per cent fall in area. "Other arable crops" meanwhile rose nearly 15 per cent.
The data is collected in the June Survey of Agriculture and Horticulture, carried out by the four UK agriculture departments.